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Promotion or Commotion?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2001, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Promote vb 2: to contribute to the growth or prosperity of: to further

Almost all we do in God's work is in one sense or another promotional. Each Christian should be contributing to the growth and prosperity of the church. We ought to exalt Christ and further his cause.

It is tragic that many have an incorrect concept of promotion. Promotion cannot be avoided. We do it all the time in many, varied activities. Sometimes promotion is successful and effective; sometimes it is not. Why are some opposed to promotion? If you consider it a moment, you will realize that things we promote are usually new. When we are entrenched by habit and tradition, we will continue with little or no encouragement. When something new is being tried, we need encouragement to become involved, thus promotion. Promotion is essential when we do something outside of normal routines. We promote gospel meetings, Bible school drives, work days, and goal days.

Is our hangup promotion, or is it that things are happening that do not fit our preconceived ideas of how things should be done? I once heard a man say, "We can't do that. We tried it once and it didn't work." Dead-end street thinking. Can't do it because we have; and can't do it because we haven't!

During promotions we do something different to reach a specific objective. We think we want things to progress, but when something out of the ordinary pattern is done, we are upset. Resistance to change is an age-old attitude. Some may even firmly implant in their minds that the new manner or method is wrong. Whatever our method, it is normal to resist change. The tragedy of resistance is that it hinders the search for better ways. If something is scriptural and effective, we ought to do it.

It seems we want successful promotion without promotion. Remember the definition. Move things forward with new and better techniques, but do not disturb the status quo or challenge anyone to do anything differently. A tall order indeed!

The same old things done in the same old ways get the same old results. Let us be students of God's word and God's will in our lives. If it's scriptural and effective, let's do it!

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Last updated November 28, 2001.