Question: Christians Need To Be Extroverted?

Anonymous asked:

Does being a Christian mean that I need to be an extroverted person? In other words, is God ashamed of me for being a “nerd”? I listened to a lot of Mark Driscoll’s sermons and it sounds like he’s trying to guilt people from being a “nerd.” Like some how it is a sin to love my books and prefer quiet times by myself rather than going out there and mingling with other people or enjoy watching sports. Your answer will help me bring much needed peace to my heart.

 

To answer your first question: absolutely not.

God wants you and that’s why He made you you and not someone else.

The modern church has long been inadvertently biased against introverts — but since most people in general are not extroverts, that’s shutting out a lot of people.

In my former youth ministry, where we did our best to cultivate every single person, the kinds of people on “out-front” teams and “behind-the-scenes” teams come from a full range of personalities.  An introvert can be a praise leader just as much as an extrovert can be the sound technician.  I have stage fright yet I’m a preacher.  It’s almost random, as if God can work through anybody for anything.

No one should ever guilt-trip you about how God has wired you, so throw that off and move forward.  God would never ever shame you about that, because that’s never who He is and He has lovingly handcrafted you for His Kingdom.

 

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Quote: Super-Glossy


I meet Christians who are super-glossy, picture-perfect, law-abiding people, but they are absolutely miserable and difficult to be near. Their every movement is dictated by a strict rigid ruleset that is motivated by a desperate fear. If your efforts are not driven by grace — that God absolutely loves you no matter what — then you will punish yourself towards an invisible standard that looks like success but feels like slavery. Such a standard might work for a little while to conform your behavior, but it will never become a part of you: it’s just an apparatus that imprisons you. Only grace can truly be internalized to melt your heart, and though it can take longer, a truly tenderized heart follows God with all joy and perseverance. This is motivation by grace and grace alone.


— J.S.