I’ve been told by so many people, “Oh he’s saved; he’s just not walking in it.” Huh? Galatians 5:16-17 states, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” I’m not saying a person must be perfect; surely I have had my share of shortcomings. But in those times do you know where I sat? I sat in the pews. I sat down until I got myself together.
Why do I care? I care because the flock is dying and the “lost” don’t trust the leaders in the church. God has allowed me to minister to men and women who refuse to come to the church because a pastor, minister, or deacon has molested them. I have sat with men and women who confided in me that when they were children, their father or grandfather (who was the pastor) was raping them at home. Why would they want to return to church?
Why do I care? I care because I have a friend who has been in the same abusive relationship her whole life. Why? It is because she doesn’t know what true love feels like. When your grandfather is a pastor and is sleeping with (and beating) you, where do you go from there?
I know that the church in the United States is so focused on fighting the “culture wars,” but we need to fight the battles in our own churches. It is not the government’s or Hollywood’s fault that there is so much darkness in the world. I believe we must accept some responsibility because we have lost our impact in the world. We have failed to hold leaders accountable, so we have lost our saltiness. Jesus warns us in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” The church is losing its flavor, and lack of accountability is one of the reasons. Let us refocus and regroup and hold leaders accountable, so once again we can be the salt of the earth.