What’s on my mind more and more these days is how the professionalization of Christianity–that is, our propensity to believe that we are doing what God requires when we provide financial support to paid professionals to undertake the acts commended to us in Scripture–robs us of the Christian character and growth God intends for us.
Trying to re-envision Isaiah 1:17 as professional helpers would see it. “Delegate the appropriate professionals to learn how to do right and seek justice. Create legal defense funds for the oppressed. Hire a PR firm to advance the cause of the fatherless, and make sure there’s a support check for every widow.”
Doesn’t really resonate like the original.
It is not enough that we give to professionals so that justice may be done. If we ourselves don’t become more just in the process of giving, then it is unjust for the professional to be willing to receive what we are offering.