Pastors, the church, & sheeple.
Im not very old; and I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, done a lot of stupid things, and sinned more than my fair share of times. But I’ve been around long enough to notice something that is very disturbing to me.
I’ve watched enough pastors go to jail. I’ve read enough articles about Christians hurting (physically and emotionally) other Christians. I’ve heard enough “sermon illustrations” about spiritual leader “epic fails.”
The people we are relying on the most to be there for us; to encourage us when we’re down; to uphold us in prayer when we fail; to plead with us when we stray from truth; to love us regardless of our past or present; to instruct us as Jesus would if He was standing behind our church’s pulpits… Those men we look to as our “spiritual leaders” are becoming more scarce than ever.
All in all, we rely on them too much. We place them on a pedestal and want them to be perfect so our image of them will remain untainted.
Unfortunately, they’re human just like every other common man out there. Just because they’re in the ministry doesn’t make them immune to the sharp arrows of Satan. They’re people, sheeple. They’re not the ultimate Shepard… they’re just His hook which He uses to guide us along. And sometimes they lead in paths we should not travel.
But they’re people. And they need grace just like me. They need mercy just as much as I do. They need prayer just as much, if not more than, the rest of us Christians.
And pastors, remember why God placed you where you’re at — to love God, spread the Gospel, lead His church (the people, not the building), and love sinners (whether saved or lost).
And remember you’re sinners too. Don’t forget where He found you and what He did for you. Be like Jesus. Love others as He has loved you. Point your fingers at your own sin. Only compare yourself to the righteousness of Jesus Christ – that is the true standard. Everything else will cause you to stumble in pride. Give Him the glory for what He’s done in your life. And plead with Him for His grace and favor to be on your life and the ministry He’s entrusted to you.
“…and such were some of you…”