From the Interim Pastor | Go Get ‘Em!

From the Interim Pastor | Go Get ‘Em!

At a theology conference I attended a couple years ago, the evening’s final speaker was asked to close the day’s proceedings with a Benediction. However, as an academic, not a Pastor, he was unaccustomed to performing this liturgical act, and seemed unprepared and flustered. After a few awkward moments he looked at the audience, paused, then declared: “Go get ‘em!”

There was great laughter, of course. But the laughter included an element of our wondering . . . hmm . . . maybe “Go get ‘em!” isn’t such a bad Benediction, after all. Obviously, it lacks any reference to the Lord who blesses, calls, and equips people of faith for lives of service. In that sense, “Go get ‘em” is not a Benediction at all, but mere closing words.

However, “Go get ‘em!” does capture and express the commanding urgency Scripture ascribes to discipleship. “Come, follow me” (Matthew 4:19). “I appointed you that you should go forth and bear fruit” (John 15:16). “Arise, for it is your task . . . be strong and do it” (Ezra 10:14). “Arise, shine, for your light has come” (Isaiah 60:1).

An online Slang Dictionary defines “Go get em!” as “a phrase of encouragement” to engage in an important challenge immediately and vigorously. As we engage in the important challenge of strengthening our own discipleship – to bolster and deepen faith, to repair and refreshen relationships, to let go of some long-standing bitterness or persistent sin, to help and support others, whatever it is –may we go forth immediately and vigorously, with Christ-like courage and love, and with robust words of encouragement, “Go get em!”

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