As I got ready to come to church this morning, the shiny people on the local news were pleading with me to rush home this afternoon in order to watch the ongoing saga of yet another large church pastor caught in a scandal.
This is just a new refrain in the same old song sung to the tune of money, sex, and power. Leadership of a large organization begets hubris, which magnifies the leader’s depravity, and “every temptation common to man” scores again. (For strength, read Matthew 26:14 and 1 Corinthians 10).
It hurts me to hear of fellow pastors embroiled in scandal. It damages the Church Universal and injures the cause of Christ because it steals our credibility as Christ-followers.
But it’s more than just the bad press… sin and its horrific consequences remind me of the fragile state of the redeemed human. There is life-altering danger in one unguarded moment. To my pastor friends: One stupid decision can wreck your life. It’ll wreck your family and your church. And generational sin (your kids and grandkids having their lives altered by your stupidity) will wreck your family tree.
The truth of this is “But for the grace of God, there go I.” I am not immune to temptation. I pray every day that the Lord would protect me from myself; that I might not give in and find my family and my church picking up the pieces of a bad decision.
So, Preacher Man, build some accountability into your life. Go to bed early; get up early. Make sure the Bible is the first thing you read, and prayers are the first and last words you speak every day.
And for good measure, splash on some Aqua Velva before you leave the house. It’ll repel the opposite sex and pesky Carolina mosquitoes.