HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. — 1 Corinthians 10:12
Have you built any pedestals lately? In the last couple of decades, newspapers and newscasts have been filled with reports of sin in high places. Television evangelists have fallen with embarrassing regularity. Today’s righteous finger pointer often turns into tomorrow’s suspect of impropriety. Only the exposures of political leaders vie with the revelations of religious scandals for front-page coverage.
I’m not sure how the average American or our Caribbean brethren view these scandals. Certainly, the news media seem to delight in their revelations. And comedians have grist for hundreds of new routines. But as a person who also claims to be a born-again Christian and a follower of the same Jesus about whom these men have preached, I am dismayed and angered. When these high profile Christians are impugned, I feel as if the barbs are being hurled at me. Their proven or alleged wrongdoings seem to indict all of us. Maybe you can identify with those feelings.
If the Christian community are honest, however, we would have to admit that we are part of the problem. You see, by putting these men on pedestals, we have made them larger than life and we have made them susceptible to the temptations of power and pride.
In reality, they are fallible and sinful human beings, just like you and me. Think of how you would fare if your inconsistencies and secrets were exposed–those angry words, gossip, lust for things, murderous thoughts. But we elevate those with special gifts. We treat celebrity converts with almost worship status.
So many people idolized their coach, political representatives, teachers not only as role models but as a superstar. Some even see them as their God. There is where the mistakes are made seeing another human being as god. I will urge you instead, to keep your eyes on Christ. He will never fail.
Who are your Christian “superstars?” A pastor, a musician, a parent, a close friend? By “overrating” you hurt them and yourself. Instead, let us put our Christian leaders in their proper place as fellow strugglers who are striving to be Christ-like and who are using their gifts to serve him. And let’s uphold in prayer our Christian leaders and those in the spotlight.
God wants you to worship Him alone and to serve HIm with all you have. You must be subjected to His will and purpose. Do not let any man takes the place of Christ in your heart. Do not be carried away with the dress code or sweet talk. The gifts and callings are without repentance and be careful who you put on a pedestal. When you light a candle put it on a candlestick so the world will see your representation.