Don’t Be Mean: A Covenant Story

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Ben says one of our Covenant mottos is, “Don’t be mean.” I really like that in a church.

There are more Scriptural-sounding ways to say the same thing, but something about stripping wisdom of its religious jargon seems to keep us more honest.

The previous pastor told me about a time when a potential meddler joined the church. She tried, one-by-one, to stir up gossip and controversy among the other members, disguising her angst as caring concern. “Aren’t you worried about Gordon?” she might say, “His preaching just isn’t up to par lately.”

Poor woman. She couldn’t get a rise out of anyone. No one agreed with her. No one stirred in Gordon’s defense. They just said, “Mmmm,” and that was that. No meanness to Gordon. No meanness to her. Eventually she left the church because Covenant wasn’t meeting her needs.

Some people need drama to distract them from the true state of their souls. At Covenant, we don’t do distraction. No one has the energy for it.

But just in case we’re ever tempted to leave what is essential in pursuit of what is superficial, we have this motto: “Don’t be mean.”

Rothaus_pic_bench_smKyndall Rae Rothaus is pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated with her Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor. She blogs Here and her sermons can be read or listened to Here. Her first book Preacher Breath is being published by Smyth & Helwys later this year.

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