When ministers fall

August 27th, 2008

Recently there have been a couple of high profile Christian ministers who have fallen and come out and confessed to their wrongdoing. One was even on the national current affairs show Today Tonight last night.

Does this news surprise me? No not really. Does this news disappoint me? Yes. Does this news destroy my faith? No way, because my faith is not in people.

When we discuss the issue of ministers falling I think there are a couple things to consider.

1. All Christians are human – Regardless if you are a minister or not, as Christians we are all frail human beings with our faults and failures. None of us are perfect and none of us can live up to the high standards we set in place. After all that is why Jesus came to die on the cross for our sin. He died because we all sin. We just can’t escape that fact and the Bible makes this clear in Romans 3:23 and 1 John 1:8-10.

2. We put people on a pedestal – I really belief that as Christians we place too much emphasis on peoples ministries and their public success. We often look at the impact people are making and place them on a pedestal. In reality if they are doing what God has called them to do, then they are no different to the person who faithfully does the flowers every Sunday morning for church or the person who visits someone who is sick. When we place people on a pedestal we set them up for failure. The only one who has ever walked on this earth who deserves to be put on a pedestal is Jesus!