…The Harder They Fall

On my way home from church on Sunday I saw a Facebook message saying that the pastor of the largest church in the movement I’ve long been associated with had resigned due to moral failure.

I hate hearing this kind of stuff.

Over the last several days I have seen tons of posts on social media from other pastors about this pastor’s fall. I understand that they want to address what’s going on. I understand that they are upset and want to talk about it. I’m not sure if we should be posting that kind of news everywhere though. At what point is it just gossip? Gossip is still gossip if you present it as a “prayer request”. Isn’t it spreading sensational news about someone else’s junk that really has no bearing on us personally?

I opened the CNN app on my iPad on Monday, only to see an article on the front page about this pastor’s moral failure and resignation. Great – more fuel for those who are always looking for fodder against Christianity and the Church.

I’m upset that someone in that man’s position would risk his legacy, his family and the reputation of the Church of Jesus Christ for some fleeting moments of pleasure.

I am sad for his wife and kids who have to go through all of this in the public eye. I am concerned for that church, and pray that the people who attend there will have the maturity to walk through this process as a body, faithful to the heart and will of God.

I am glad to see that high moral standards are upheld, and exceptions aren’t made for someone because they are gifted, talented and popular. Personally, I loved listening to that man teach. He is truly a gifted communicator. I heard someone put it this way: “David kills Goliath no matter how you read the story, but some teachers are able to make the story come alive – whereas other teachers make you wish someone would hit you in the head with a stone and put you out of your misery.” This man is a great teacher. But I am glad that his skill and celebrity were not used as an excuse for making an exception to the rules for him when it comes to moral standards for those who will serve as leaders in the God’s church.

This situation is one more sober warning for Christians, and especially for those of us in leadership and ministry, that we must watch over our hearts with all dilligence, because it is from the overflow of our hearts that our actions proceed.

 

2 thoughts on “…The Harder They Fall

  1. Firstly, you should not be on your mobile while driving. B, i agree it is gossip, but i hear a lot of gossip in the church. Also, i disagree that it does not have a bearing on “us” whoever “us” is. It is a huge reminder of what not to do and not to point a finger at another’s sin because even the high and mighty fall and to stay close to God. There are so many lessons that this serves to the church, but my mind is racing to quickly. i never found him to be gifted. His sermons bored me to death. You are a better teacher.

  2. I agree that there are many lessons that this teaches the church. However, most of the posts I saw just said: “Pray for him and his family” or “pray for the church” and they were just telling the “news” and not making any point about why this is relevant information for people to know.
    I do agree that this has bearing on many people – particularly for pastors and those in leadership.
    And thanks for the compliment 🙂

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