I don't know about anyone else, but I don't hear or read much about Christian Reformed Deacons carrying out the following portion of their Charge: "Be prophetic critics of the waste, injustice, and selfishness in our society."(Form for the Ordination of Elders and Deacons - 1982) Please don't get me wrong . . . I'm not saying it's not happening. I simply do not hear about it and would like to know how deacons are attempting to carry out this portion of their charge. How are deacons identifying and addressing issues of waste, injustice, and selfishness?
I suspect--and I might be wrong--that these are issues and areas that many, if not most, deacons just don't address. I honestly hope I'm wrong! However, If I'm right, I think its probably more of an indictment on how and what the CRC has or has not done with regard to educating and supporting deacons to understand and carry out their responsibilities. (The need for equipping and resourcing deacons was acknowledged last year in "Diakonia Remixed: Office of the Deacon Task Force Report.")
So, if you have an example or examples of deacons from a local congregation, congregations, classis, or deacon conference addressing any issue of waste, injustice, or selfishness, please share it. Tell us what issue or issues are being addressed and how.
I hope to hear from at least a few of you who read this. What you share just might give someone an idea about what they or their deacons might be able to do to address one or more of these issues.