If you’ve been reading this blog for long, then you know that I have a good friend who lives in southern Canada (i.e., Maine) named Dan. He blogs at “Some Church Stuff.” Alot of his writing is sarcastic and edgy.
His last two posts are not on the sarcastic side at all. They are straightforward and, I think, important for all of us to read and consider. The posts are called “Culpritless Crime” and “Blame the Victim.”
I’m not going to quote Dan’s posts, because I think it would be better for you to read both of them. But, I will tell you the point: if the church of Jesus Christ is not living as we should, then it is not the fault of the leaders (pastors). All of us all responsible for following Jesus Christ and helping others follow him. In fact, the problems among the church have arisen because all of us (leaders and nonleaders alike) are not living in Christ among one another.
As said in a comment on the first post above: “It is so easy to point our finger at other people and blame them. It is much more difficult to take stock of where WE are and move on from there, following Jesus into whatever and wherever he leads us, regardless of what has happened in our past.”
Good stuff, Dan! Thanks!