Tuesday, November 01, 2016

When a Pastor Falls, the Non-Christians Leave

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Sterling State Park, Lake Erie

I've known a few people who say they left Christianity because one of their pastors was caught in some kind of moral failure. They trusted their pastor. Their pastor took a fall. This devastated them. They stopped believing in Jesus.

This is sad. It is a quadruple sadness. It is sad that the pastor failed. It is sad that the person left their faith. It is sad they didn't stay and help their fallen brother. It is sad that their faith was placed more in their pastor than in God.

1. My pastor was discovered in moral failure.

OK. But to conclude...

2. Therefore, Christianity is a joke.

This is irrational and hateful, since there is no claim of inference from 1 to 2. Our faith is to be built upon nothing less than Jesus Christ and his righteousness, not on other people.

If we left faith in Christ when Christians fail morally, then we'd all be gone. And, you would be the cause of some of us leaving. Me, too.

Some things are missing in the heart of the person who reasons from 1 to 2. They are:

Mercy

Grace

Forgiveness

Humility

Love

When a leader falls the non-Christians leave, and the followers of Jesus love like they never have before.