Sooooo, a video has been popular over the past several weeks (even though it was posted around August 8th or so). It shows Sunday Best winner and Grammy Award Winner Le’Andria Johnson ministering to homeless folks in the streets. Her ministry, IPC (Imperfect People Changing the Game), took to the streets to do some street evangelism. The video has some people questioning her methods and others praising them. Peep the video below:
Inward and Outward
Unfortunately, Le’Andria tells the person in the video that God’s not concerned about outward appearance, but with the inner man. Paul tells the church at Ephesus to walk as children of the light and look carefully at how they walk among others. In other words, people are watching! Outer behavior should always reflect inner change. The two are not mutually exclusive. Real church preaches a Gospel that changes both the inner man and outer man. That’s the essence of the Gospel that’s been preached for centuries.
While commendable, I would ask that the folks in this ministry really consider the impression this type of “ministry” gives others. Pastor Le’Andria lights up, so it must be okay for me to light up. I knew there wasn’t anything wrong with smoking. Maybe that applies to weed too. There’s no telling what others carried away from this video. And that’s the scary part.
My advice? If you really want to change lives, it’s not going to happen one cigarette at a time. Instead, it’s going to happen through the work of God’s Spirit and His Word. I heard not one piece of Gospel preached in that video. Not one word. Just a passing invitation to the church. Was that what the cigarette was for? How was that person’s life changed? We should never mistake the means for the message. An unfortunate mistake that I think Le’Andria and IPC Ministries made here. The message (i.e. The Gospel) doesn’t need us to be cool. It doesn’t need us to fit in and appropriate the culture we’re trying to reach. In fact, the disciples spread the Gospel because they didn’t fit in. They were misfits. Lord, may we all take something away from this video. Whether it be a new commitment to real evangelism or the conviction to live holy lives, may Jesus get the glory here.
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Question: What do y’all think about her unorthodox approach to ministry?