The main thing I’m going to do is keep the main thing the main thing. This is my biggest challenge.
I’m no spring chicken. I’ve been around the block a few times. I know what lies in the hearts of men. We’re all capable of good AND evil. This cynical way of thinking is, in my opinion, a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it allows me to protect my heart from being broken by very fallible human beings. It’s a curse because it makes me stand far back from people, looking for the flaw instead of the good.
But Jesus, the perfect, sinless, God Man doesn’t think the way I do. I am so grateful for this truth. If He thought the way I thought, I would be dead in my sin. I would be hopelessly lost. His crucifixion means I am set free from this prison of cynicism. The doors of my prison cell have been thrown open. And little by little, I am walking toward the exit.
It means I can be quick to forgive others when they blow it and let me down because now I realize how much I blow it and let others down too.
The pastor at my church resigned over the weekend for a “moral failure”. That’s how the other pastors chose to describe it. I don’t need to know the details. I have nothing but respect for my pastor confessing, stepping down, facing the consequences of his actions. How many people do you know who would do the same? And I trust God. He will deal with my pastor in the most fair, righteous, loving, merciful manner we as human beings are incapable of dealing.
I pray for all involved to be comforted, forgiven, reunited, and reconciled. I pray they come through this dark valley stronger, set free, and healed.
Mostly I pray the body of Christ remembers to keep the main thing the main thing. Jesus. King of kings. Lord of lords. Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. No. Other. Name! I have decided to follow Jesus! No turning back!