In Ezekiel 47 the prophet approaches the temple and discovers the plumbing has backed up and water is pouring out of the building. The water rushes out and flows to the East, growing wider and deeper as it travels. The scripture says wherever this water flows everything will live. Even more radical, whenever this water encounters salt water, the salt water is transformed into fresh.
The church has not been called to remain inside; instead Jesus is calling us out into the world. And in a reversal of logic evil will not corrupt us, but the love and grace of God will corrupt sin (as the fresh water from the temple purifies the salt water). Not by our own actions, but by the cross darkness HAS BEEN defeated! Our call is not avoid sin, but to PLUNGE into the river and flow out to world. To love the world and live the victory Christ has provided.
As a student pastor I built my ministry around the holy plunger. Now that I am a senior pastor I suppose maturity requires me to set the plunger aside, but the image still speaks… The plunger came about as a joke and its meaning is still up to interpretation. Some have said it symbolizes how we are made holy in service (is there a greater servant than a plunger). Others have commented on how Jesus made the sinner righteous. Still, you may see a new meaning. For me it has come to symbolize these things, but with a healthy dose of humility. It symbolizes anyone who is willing to follow Christ and plunge deep into the river, flowing out to bless the world. Yet it reminds us that we are nothing, but a tool made holy in the hands of our savior.
My prayer is that our ministry at Chandler may be a place to dive and that it will bring a flow of blessing into the world! If you would like more information, please contact me (Sean) or come join us at Chandler!