Saturday Morning Musings

Psalms 18:47It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.”

There are some leaders who lead by oppression; some by manipulation and others by coercion. God led David to be one of most well-known leaders of all Israel. He makes for a good study in spiritual leadership.

Yes, we can look at his flaws and failures, but, then what of our own? We sometimes expect our leaders to walk on water, change water into wine and heal all our ills. God has wisely chosen human instruments to lead us. When each takes up his/her role as unto God and pleasing Him, we would see things a bit differently; would we not?

All too often, we project such perfection on our leaders and when they fail, we crucify them. As a leader, I have seen how others deal with me and how I deal my own leadership. God has truly shown mercy to me over the years for failures, mistakes and outbursts.

I have had a mentor, and a pastor both fall in my lifetime. One is still my dear friend and the other has graduated to Heaven. During the time they walked away, I had some soul-searching to do. Here was a man who made a wrong decision. Had I ever made a wrong decision? Maybe not that one… But yes, I have failed. How would I have wanted to be treated? How does the Bible tell me I should treat them?

Today, I see more Christians ‘shooting their wounded’ instead of taking up Christ’s example like He did with Peter. What if Jesus would have kicked Peter to the curb after he denied Jesus? What if John Mark wasn’t given a second chance? You and I have a far greater calling to forgive than to shun, criticize and crucify the fallen brethren.

For the one in error with their doctrine – do we earnestly pray that they see the truth? Or do we spread lies and gossip to others about how they have fallen? Do we prayerfully approach them to guide them to consider their stance? Do we follow the steps of restoration we are given in Galatians?

Galatians 6:1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Some churches are quick to enact church discipline. Others don’t at all. Back to the verse that started this today…

Psalms 18:47It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.”

God avenges. God subdues. He does so many things we make decision and take up when we are told in the Bible not to.

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

So, when our leaders disappoint – and they will; when our leaders fail – and they will; do we have forgiveness at the ready for when they do? Will I fall to my knees or rush to post it on social media? Will I go them to encourage them or will I call others and form a lynch mob?

Sad to say, we don’t see much of the former going on in our churches today. We have the world’s eyes upon us to see how we act or react in any given situation. They just want to know if this “Jesus” we profess and proclaim is real in the troubled times as well as the good.

Ol’ Smutty face is slick and subtle. He sidles up beside us and whispers in our ears words of accusation; words of condemnation. Yes, they may have failed – epically. But should we be the first to raise a stone?

A woman caught in the very act of adultery was brought to Jesus to see how He would pass judgment on her situation and circumstance. Many scholars focus on the writings that Jesus made in the sand. I am far more impressed with the challege He leveled against those who brought her to Jesus.

John 8:7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

Our judgment is tainted at best and warped, opinionated and prejudicial at worst. Jesus wanted them to see something they utterly failed to consider – what of their own sin? How should that be judged?

Jesus helps us to see the bigger picture. He was set to be the Savior of the world. He knew the end of their sin and wanted them to be open to consider what He would offer when the time came for them to need Him and His forgiveness.

Help us Father, to see others and their faults and failures in light of what the blood can do for them. Help me to see how I can avail for them, intercede for them and possibly be the change agent in their life like Barnabus was to John Mark and like Jesus has been in mine!

Let us go forth with the power of forgiveness and restoration – not criticism and condemnation. I like the fruit of the former. How about you?

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