Don’t Lose Your Voice

i try to read and keep up with a number of blogs from a variety of backgrounds. they stretch my thinking, give me new ideas and inspiration, and challenge where i’m at.

but i just removed one blog from my google reader. the guy was a pastor at a growing church and had a ton of great content on leadership – i loved reading his stuff. about a month ago when i checked out his blog there was a letter posted from him to his congregation, admitting to a 2 year long affair with someone else in the church.

my heart still aches for the church, staff, and certainly for him and his family. i watched the new interim pastor read the letter to the congregation in a church service when the news broke. it was painful to watch over a computer screen with no real connect to the church. i can’t imagine what it must have been like to hear the unbelievable news about a person you’ve grown to love and trust. it’s unneeded, stupid pain.

tomorrow i’ll post on what i do when i hear of others in ministry who have been sidelined due to sin. i want it to be more than tabloids and news for me; i want it to serve as a humble reminder of how it could just as easily be me. but in the wake of this experience, he still is posting content on church leadership, and i just have a hard time respecting his voice anymore when i see his posts come up. is it something for me to work through? …probably. but nonetheless, the fact remains:

when you’re sidelined due to sin, [at least for a time] you lose your voice and influence. it doesn’t matter how much training, experience, and skills you possess, if you lose your purity and sacrifice your family, you lose your voice.

friends, there’s still too much to be done for you to step out of the game. it could be you and it could be me just as easily. what are you doing to keep yourself in the game?

2 thoughts on “Don’t Lose Your Voice

  1. My heart goes out to that congregation. I’ve heard of many stories like this, and it always pains me what sins some leaders never really overcame, and now it comes back to destroy them at a critical point in their ministry =( But there are some valuable lessons an warnings other leaders can glean from such occurrences.

  2. Pingback: What I Do When I Hear Of A Sidelined Pastor « TOOMUCHPIZZA.COM

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