Dear Pastor Whoever….
You started your christianity just like all of us. He was your enthusiasm, your centre, your Lord, yes, your God. You told Him you would walkwith Him always, you would never look back, you would be faithful. (“Though none go with me, still I will follow, no turning back, noturning back.”) Life was full back then. Yes, the old crowd never likedyou much after that but it was a small price to pay for fellowship withthe very Son of God. Amen?
But then, Pastor Whoever, something happened. You forfeited Him foran it. An it? Yes, an it. An it is something that doesn’t breathe, doesn’tsmile, doesn’t feel. An it is dead. That it that you embraced could havebeen a religious ambition, a spiritual association, an ideal, a set ofdoctrines, an enviable status, a whatever. This it, long ago, replacedHim. I don’t know when you gave yourself over to your it (perhapswhen you ‘entered the ministry’?), but, to me, there are three telltalesthat convince me: 1) your speech, 2) your allegiance to tradition (“youhave made the commandment[s] of God of no effect by yourtradition[s]”), and 3) your congregation which mirrors you (“likepeople, like priest”). There was a dreadful ‘moment’ you traded “living water” for a murky puddle. Bear with me as I use imagery to depict my perception of ‘church’ leadership….
Thousands and thousands of devoted white-robed Pastor Whoevers lay prostrate before their lord. All (most?) are Blood-washed, bonafide sons listed in the Book of Life, each the very “righteousness of God”. But it isnot our King before whom this enormous throng lies. Oh no. Seated on aflimsy throne before them is a dark, misty, spooky thing…. religion. Oneby one, these Pastor Whoevers have been ensnared, lured by the promiseof prominence. Now they are a mighty army indeed, exercising authority over most of Christ’s church.
But look beyond that! Can you see King Jesus, way over there, seated infull majesty on His glimmering throne? Waiting. Inviting. Loving. Iimplore you, Pastor Whoever…. simply rise up, walk away from yourlifeless it, and move toward Him. Bow once more before Christ’s throne,and in deep humility and repentance prostrate yourself before the “Lordof lords and King of Kings”. Soon He will take you by the hand, liftingyou to your feet. Together again.