April 13, 2012

Red-blooded Leaders

"Who serves as confessor for the confessor?"

Psalm 51:5
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Let's not forget that humans, Christians or not, are still humans. We're still living in the same world, breathing the same air, and still incapable of freeing ourselves from our sinful nature. 

Even pastors can still be tempted and fall. Sometimes, church congregation tends to treat the pastors and ministers as the holy bunch. We tend to have this presumption that all the holy and active people are of different kinds to us normal churchgoers.

While in fact, humans on earth are still humans. Pastors may be better equipped by God's knowledge and power, yes, but they're still humans. Cut their veins and red coloured blood still shows up. Church leaders may be more in tuned with God's ways and communicate with Him better, yes, but they're humans still.

1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

At church, we acknowledge all those holy humans strengths and weaknesses, and we try our best to understand them. Our church leaders are human beings, that have normal human needs and face all kinds of temptation available to human. Even worse, we think the devil loves to snare these high responsibility ministers more than passive churchgoers. Much, much more, because it's more interesting to see them fall and make headline news all over the world.

Their everyday job is to counsel and tend the people. But who will counsel and tend to them when they're at the bottom? Their daily bread is to guide and console the flock. But who will console and comfort their shaken faith? They are not God. As a family of believers, we have to be strong and provide a loving community to these elders. We have to be as supportive and encouraging as we can, because they're still humans, with human hearts. See them as humans appointed by God. Treat them as dear friends. Acknowledge their needs and do our best to support them. 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 

Church, is all about building a community of Christian fellowships.

We are a family of believers :)

Be wise, fill our hearts with understanding, and let God's peace freely flows in the family. Shy away from useless chatter, don't create division and unnecessary conflicts. Speak with compassion and never condemn.

Live in peace.

God bless your family.

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