We noted yesterday that John Piper’s “Desiring God” ministry had tweeted something both foolish and dangerous.
We had a lot of company…there was an overwhelmingly negative response on social media.
It demanded a response…and here it is.
Please note the the “apology” has nothing to do with what people were actually concerned about.
That would require the humility to admit error and the heart to actually care for people you just wounded.
That…ain’t gonna happen.
I’m going to tell you…
It’s a simple fact that some people conflate the person who brings the word of God with God himself, especially if the pastor is successful.
This idolatry is often nurtured by pastors both great and small.
Nurturing that idolatry means you can never admit wrong, because you’re like God and God is never wrong.
It also gives you the imputed authority to speak to issues you have no clue about, because… well.. God.
Todays DG article is about how to overcome sexual fetishes…
Let me say this again.
As a pastor my “expertise” is limited and I’m as broken and fallible as you are.
In some ways, maybe more so.
I don’t know how to fix your sex life, raise your kids, manage your finances, or treat your ills.
I’m not even that good at what I’m trained to do.
My job is to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, just as I am growing as well.
My job is to be present when you need me, to the best of my ability.
My job is to pray with and for you, that God will give you wisdom about the problems that are beyond my scope of expertise…which are most of them.
Sometimes, my job is to give you a referral to someone I trust can help you.
My job is never to make you think more highly of me than I am.
Trust me, if you knew me in person, you wouldn’t have that problem. 🙂
I have to say “I’m sorry” a lot…but then I’m not very successful…
That’s ok…I’d rather be a pastor.