Tim Chester writes:
We follow numerical success. We pursue career paths. Church leaders look like company directors. Conference speakers look like entertainers...
Evelyn Ashley suggests that while in the west we´re not scandalized by the cross itself, we are scandalized by leadership modelled on the cross: "Somewhere along the line, we seem to have fallen in the same trap as the Corinthian Church. We have come to value power, control and success"
But the apostle Paul suggests we should respect those christians who work hard, face danger and suffer for the gospel.