“Don’t believe your own press releases”
That’s an important piece of advice for all Christian leaders, especially clergy.
I am going to break ranks here - this sad story of a priest’s failure isn’t about liberal vs. orthodox theology, and it dang sure isn’t about liturgy. So I hope you will read this and reflect rather than comment and snark.
This kind of thing can happen to any of us. I agree with Dave Kraft’s position, that most Christian leadership failures are about character rather than competence. We are all capable of excelling in some area of ministry - pulling off something fruitful, creative, kingdom-advancing - only to use that as a rationalization for laxity in our character. It can be the excuse for sexual indulgence, financial impropriety, refusal to correct errant people, cowardice in preaching or just about any kind of character-based failure.
“Don’t believe your own press releases.” Always look to God’s news, “the Word of God, containing all things necessary to salvation.” May we pray for one another and help one another do that, carrying out today’s Office lesson with all diligence,
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2, NRSV
Lay folks, I would suggest that intercession for the character of leaders is a vital prayer ministry that you can offer for your clergy, vestries (especially treasurers), and other lay leaders.
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