Scandals are everywhere in church leadership right now. Moral failures, abuse, coverups.
I am also noticing a problem in stubbornness, pride and arrogance from some of the most famous Bible teachers of the day.
They’re nasty to people who disagree with them, speak in arrogance, give their opinions on things that they are ignorant on.
All the while their followers build them and lash out at those who disagree with the Pastor or teacher.
They mock, put words in others mouths, misrepresent the other side, call people heretics and just behave so far away from what the Bible teaches.
They do this under the guise of glorifying God but in reality they’re just glorifying their own perceived intellectual superiority.
Quite frankly all this gets me angry and it grieves me.
It’s helped me come to realize why God uses the fisherman, the tax collector, the Sheppard boy, the stutterer and so on.
He doesn’t just find the smartest and brightest.
Look at the smartest and brightest religious leaders of Jesus time on Earth, they looked in His face and cursed Him.
They stared in the face of God and didn’t recognize Him, they didn’t know Him.
Yet the people thought they were the most holy because of their knowledge but they lacked humbleness, mercy, grace and love.
I’m not saying God doesn’t use intellectual people of course, Paul was a pharisee. God uses every type of person but I see a pattern that those willing to be humbled and have faith get used by God for His glory.
Of course you may say but all those people still failed.
But what stands out is all those dealt with their failures, humbled themselves and repented.
Jesus said, “The humble will exalted and the exalted will be humbled”
Truth is getting angry at other Christians failures and arrogance is easy and satan I’m sure loves that.
Because while your focusing on them you get distracted and won’t focus on your own sins and failures.
Which is why I must focus on my own sin and flaws and pray that God humbles me before I fall.
God help me, I pray You humble me, take away my anger and grief and help me focus on my own sins, and be a helpful hand to those who need restoration.
In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Have a Blessed Week,
Scripture Reading Plan:
Monday – Amos 8:1-12
Tuesday – Psalm 15
Wednesday – Colossians 1:15-28
Thursday – Luke 10:38-42