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The Humble Elite

When a culture refuses to affirm that God does distribute differing types and degrees of gifts to individuals and fails to allow the gifted to coalesce into an elite group, the inevitable result will be cultural impoverishment. As Eliot elsewhere pointed out in Notes, the elite group or class should never ascend the ivory tower and lose touch with the rest of society. Snobbery is a sin. The covenant community is to welcome and celebrate individuals from all classes of society (James 2:1-7; Gal. 3:28). The culturative leaders are to be servants of community at large. All biblical leadership—culturative and otherwise—is to be marked by accountability (especially to God, but also to our neighbors) and the willingness to serve the culture as a whole—not just an elite subset of the whole (Mark 10:42-45). On the other hand, the cultural leaders are not to “dumb down” their works for the masses but are to enrich society as a whole by their excellent works. Culturative leaders, when they execute their calling faithfully under God, are also to be accorded honor (cf. 1 Tim. 4:17).

—David Hegeman

Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 by Pastor Jerry Owen