People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Glass doesn’t sound like the most durable material for a house… does it?
But maybe it’s the most durable of all.
If we’re living behind glass, people can see us. And maybe that visibility — with its inherent vulnerability — is exactly what we need to help us live in ways we don’t mind other people seeing.
I was heartbroken, as were countless others, when shockwaves recently struck evangelical America. Randy Alcorn, Christian author and founder / director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, wrote:
“One of the most prominent pastors in the country, from one of the most prominent churches, has had numerous women come forward accusing him of sexual advances going back many years. The entire board and most of the pastoral staff have resigned, some of them due to realizing they had defended the pastor and discredited the victims and hence disqualified themselves.”
“If these things had been taken seriously and investigated from the beginning, the outcome could have been very different, and a great deal of the harm to victims could have been prevented.”
The pastor in question vehemently denies the allegations. “This has been a calculated and continual attack on our elders and on me for four long years… I want to speak to all the people around the country that have been misled … and tell them in … as strong a voice as you’ll allow me… that the charges against me are false. There still to this day is no evidence of misconduct on my part.”
“The lies you read about … are the tools this group is using to try to keep me from ending my tenure here… with my reputation intact… The fact that [these alleged incidents] have been dredged up now and assembled in a calculated way demonstrates the determination of this group to do as much damage as they possibly can.”
At this point, there is only One who knows the whole truth.
But we all know the clear and present danger every Christian leader faces: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
How can we power up to avoid falling prey? Through the power-full, yet all-too-often-ignored, resource of Accountability.
Submitting ourselves (willingly) to the counsel of godly advisors who seek the Lord with their whole hearts. Being transparent about our struggles, so others can help bring the Light of Christ into our darkness.
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)
Check out Randy’s booklet entitled, Sexual Temptation: Establishing Guardrails and Winning the Battle. At $2.00, it’s a bargain. Particularly considering the tragic expense of ignoring its wisdom. https://store.epm.org/sexual-temptation-booklet/
I just ordered my copy.
How about you? Any words of wisdom?
Diana Furr, a.k.a. Abba’s Girl
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