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Making a Difference vs. Making a Point – Part 2

October 20, 2011

Monday night I watched CNN’s GOP presidential debate and witnessed INCREDIBLE examples of smart people choosing to “make points” instead of making a difference. Or, winning arguments while losing influence.

You can see an excerpt in this 3 minute video.

Yesterday we compared making a difference vs. making a point based on this Andy Stanley quote, “It’s much easier to make a point than to make a difference.”

Unfortunately, in churches sometimes leaders settle for making points. It’s always easier to curse the darkness rather than light a candle. Here are some examples:

Tell people their addictions are violations of God’s plan without providing ministry support.

Tell people they need to become better stewards with their money without providing financial training.

Here some more sophisticated ways we can make points but maybe not a difference:

As a church, have a mission without a strategy.

Tell people they need to grow spiritually without offering good steps they can take.

Obviously, none of us get this right all the time. Making a true difference is difficult. I just want to challenge myself to try and be on the side of making a difference more than the “making a point” side.

What are some additional examples where you’ve seen people make points instead of a difference?

What is the most difficult part for you in choosing to make a difference over making a point?


From → Leadership, Ministry

  1. Chuck Grace permalink

    I think this is one of your best examples yet. Besides the obvious, this is the difference between talking at a person and having a real conversation. In a conversation you are listening as well as communicating your thoughts. The scripture that comes to mind is Phil. 2:3-4. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Being an effective witness for Christ is more than just a transfer of concepts and ideas. It is not about salesmanship or technique. It is about letting the love of the savior shine through your heart as a servant. That salesman did not care about your need, only his need to make a sale. That is why the Lord commanded us to “make disciples.” That requires more than just words.

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