I must admit, I have a great fascination for ordinary things—things that at first glance may not appear all that majestic, masterful, or even mildly entertaining. Often, while doing things around the house, I would pause the work that I am performing to simply marvel at the mind-boggling simplicity, yet ridiculously obvious value, of ordinary, everyday, humdrum, call-it-what-you-want, objects, be it wheels, gears, gaskets, springs, strings, loops, levers, and the like. Take for instance an ordinary pair of pliers. This is indeed a marvelous invention that an average household simply cannot risk to be without. It is a rugged tool, made to clasp, twist, cut, pull, and though not the advertised use, even hammer home the toughest of nails in the absence of, well, a hammer. At the same time it can be used carefully and precisely enough to do the most sensitive of repair work on our most cherished possessions. Many of us have an appreciation for such ordinary things because they make life live-able.
In defense of the value of ordinary things, there are few things as ordinary, yet needed, as pastors of local churches. If ever there was an invaluable, indispensable, nuclear characteristic to society, Bible believing pastors would be it. It doesn’t get more practical and necessary than this. In one sense one can understand why church and pastor can mean little-to-nothing to them who are still unregenerate and in their sins. Yet, it is rather incomprehensible that Bible believing Christians can be tempted to be the same, in subtler, or so described, “noble” ways.
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