Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter: 4:8
At first I was shocked.
Then I was mad.
Then, I was simply enraged.
And thereafter, I was judgemental announcing what he truly deserves.
Lastly, I realized what I did wrong. I was not merciful nor graceful like Jesus.
When a man, such as a pastor is arrested, I assume everyone’s first reaction is sheer shock. How can that be? How could he have done that? No way!
Then we probably start yakking our mouths of how terrible he is. I know so, because I did so myself. However, I forgot to be like Jesus. I forgot that God is just.
If a man does something wrong, we are so quick to bad mouth. If he did something wrong, then yes, he deserves justly punishment. Our God is a just God, and He believes in justice. Yet, that does not mean he is not in need of Jesus Christ. We are all humans. We all make mistakes. We ALL need Jesus no matter how many good or bad things we have done in our lives.
As in the example of King David, when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and then killed her husband, God punished him by taking away David’s son. David repented in his terrible sin of adultery and murder. HOWEVER, he had to take the consequences for his actions. In Psalm 86 we hear David’s cry for help:
Lord, listen to me and answer me.
I am poor and helpless.
2 Protect me, because I worship you.
My God, save me, your servant who trusts in you.
3 Lord, have mercy on me,
because I have called to you all day.
4 Give happiness to me, your servant,
because I give my life to you, Lord.
5 Lord, you are kind and forgiving
and have great love for those who call to you.
6 Lord, hear my prayer,
and listen when I ask for mercy.
7 I call to you in times of trouble,
because you will answer me.
I really like this video showing God’s love ‘The Good-O-Meter”
After you’re over the initial shock and after you have finished being mad, say a prayer or two for that person. If they have done something wrong, then they need repentance and they need Jesus. God is in control, and knows what necessary punishment is needed for each person’s actions.
If they haven’t done something wrong, then they still need Jesus, and for the truth to come out about innocence. Either way it goes, he needs Jesus. God wants everyone to be saved. The devil wants everyone to perish, especially the righteous. Satan is conniving every single day how to bring down a true Christian. He wants the Christian to turn away from God and be on the devil’s side.
Please don’t let your faith falter. That is exactly what Satan wants us to do: to have doubts in church leadership and in God. But, we are all equally subject to the devil’s schemes. Our protection is God, and God alone. In an unsettling time, call on Him. Only Jesus can give you peace in your heart. It’s hard. No one said it will be easy. Even the strong fall, and that’s what makes it so scary to be without God’s Word and prayer in each day. No matter how weak or strong of a Christian you are, the devil wants you. He saw Job, a righteous man, and the devil tempted him to curse God by taking everything away from this righteous man. End result? Job stayed faithful to God. In troubling times, look up to God like Job did.
We have tools written in the Bible for what we can do:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:13-18
Regardless if a pastor is guilty or not, he still needs our prayers to be saved. At one point he was praying for us, and now WE can pray for him. That is the beauty of Christianity: our love for one another, no matter what happens. That is the beauty of the Cross: mercy and grace. Paul calls us to pray for our leaders. How often do we do that? I’m guilty of not doing it often enough!
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, Who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Pray for this man to rise again. That is our Christian duty: to pray. To encourage. To love. Regardless.
God bless you my brothers and sisters. Just know that there is no one stronger than our God. In the end, He will win over evil. And that truly comforts my soul.
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