When a Firm Grasp of the Obvious is Missing
I may have to quit reading Charisma magazine altogether as it can really test my patience with my brothers and sisters. In a recent article by J. Lee Grady entitled “10 Stupid Things Ministers Should Never Do”, Mr. Grady lists out some sins that a minister should not do. In short, they are as follows:
- Take illegal drugs.
- Reject accountability.
- Beat or abuse your wife.
- Surround yourself with adoring fans.
- Fabricate spiritual gifts to impress others.
- Be lenient toward sexual sin.
- Manipulate people during the offering time.
- Refuse to share power.
- Teach exotic doctrines rather than the core truths of the Bible.
- Become an egomaniac.
Go ahead and click on the link above for a more elaborate explanation of each point, it’s a good read.
I have to admit, I really got exasperated while reading this article. I threw my hands up in frustration when the realization came to me that “YES, WE HAVE SUNK THAT LOW! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!”
Each point is so obvious … so “basic.” It’s like trying to tell a grown man, “Hey, don’t point that gun at your face and fire … you might get hurt!” Are we really so carnal that we need to have someone tell us something so obvious?
Ekklesia …. God’s “Called Out Ones” …. if we really expect to see “the Great Revival” before His Return, certainly we can do better than this ….. right?
Or am I just too prideful? Do I need to calm down because someone doesn’t realize that they’re not supposed to do drugs or beat their wife? Talk to me someone …. set me straight.
For the Truth,