I don’t care how old you are, you can learn something from somebody or from something. A man who goes by; TGO- and who identified himself as not a Christian, left a comment on an earlier post that I did. Part of his comment really made me think. He said; “To your point: preachers, like cops, belong to a sort of brotherhood. As such, they are careful not to criticize each other. That is to be expected. They are no different than you or I who protect our friends or family members against strangers, even when we know they did something wrong; it’s human nature.”
Man is he right. Boy; is that sad! “Talking about the truth hurting.” This is hurtful and shameful ,truth that cuts to the bone. In essence, policemen have their “Blue Shield” and men of the cloth have their “White Shield ,” which they use to protect and cover-up for each other, regardless of whether or not the person they’re protecting is in the right or in the wrong.
However, there is one major difference here. (Men of the cloth took vows, got ordained and accepted a call from God to lead his people). Now to believer’s this should mean something. And it should mean more than, reciting scriptures on forgiveness, every time a church leader falls. Scriptures on repentance, humility, guidance and consequences for one’s actions, should be inclusive. Because; there are God’s actions and then there are worldly consequences. And just because a perpertrator is a preacher, doesn’t mean that he should’nt be held accountable for wrongs.
But for many, that would be too difficult, to time-consuming and too much like right! Christian’s have a moral obligation to police God’s house, protect it, adore it, support it and keep it clean.
And to do this you have to be an honest and upright person. Even though it maybe easier not to demand accountability and humility, when church leader’s error and blatantly lead member’s astray; it’s wrong not to clean house! You don’t have to evict your leader, but he or she may need to step down depending on the situation.
1 Corinthians Ch3:16-17Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
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- Rethinking Church: Part I (livingingraceland.wordpress.com)
- The Use of Hymns in Congregational Singing (5ptsalt.com)
- A Celebration of Joy and Hope (pibnazarea.wordpress.com)
- Eddie Long Saga – What About the Victims? (ssofdv.wordpress.com)
- Doing Nothing Without Him, but Still Serving Others Anyway (christopherscottblog.typepad.com)
- The Pastoral Role In Christian Marriage (onlywonder.com)
- Can a Pastor Build a Friendship with a Congregant? (andrewconard.com)
- Are you worn out trying to be a ‘good Christian’ ? (pocketpurposeblog.wordpress.com)