Something that has always bothered me is the way pastors are treated when they are caught in sin. People will leave their church and say horrible things about the preacher like “I trusted you. How could you cheat on your wife/husband like that?” or “I thought you were a good pastor.” People put pastors on a high pedestal acting as if they are gods. Pastors are humans just like the rest of us. They can lie, cheat, commit adultery, be a murderer, or anything that deals with sin.
Pastors are always under pressure to stay on the right side because their congregation is watching everything that they are doing. Preachers have to practice what they preach, and that has to be difficult to do. As a Christian, we have to keep a good image, so that people can see Jesus through us. We can’t curse or go to parties because if people know who we are, they’ll wonder why we are a part of this engagement when we’re supposed to be a Christian. I can only imagine how pastors must feel every time they go out. They have to watch what they say to others or also watch how they hug other church members in public.
As a Christian, I know it’s difficult for me when I use any of my social media accounts. I can’t say whatever I want because people are watching my every move. People are inspired by what I do and say, so I can’t just be all out of line. I have a feeling that I understand how pastors must feel when they go about their typical day.
We know that if a pastor accidentally touches someone perceived as the wrong way or say something, not of God, we look at them side eye like “pastor, you’re wrong for that. I can’t believe you’ll say something like that.” or “I’m not going to his church again since he did that.”
No one has any room to judge anybody because we are on the same level as the pastors. As long as we have flesh, we can make mistakes and sin. We can have days where we subject to our feelings. Sometimes pastors don’t have good days, but they got to pull it together so that they can preach to you all on Sunday and Bible Study in the midweek. Your pastor might be going through depression, might be committing adultery, have suicidal thoughts, but they can’t let you know that because you depend on them to be in a great mood.
Pastors are not God. They can’t be God, so don’t treat them like they can never sin. Don’t treat your pastor like a Spirit because he’s not. They could fail you at any time during their time as a preacher. So, if you find out that your preacher has relapsed on drugs or alcohol, what do you do? You pray for him/her that God delivers them from sin. The enemy is out to steal, kill, and destroy. Don’t you think the devil wants to tear down the pastor that is leading you to do better? This post is to remind you to pray for your pastor and his/her family because they are always in constant attack. They are under pressure to be the best for you. Think about this when you go to church. Think about how your pastor might be feeling in the moment of preaching. Stop bashing preachers like they can’t mess up. You know you sin a lot, and you think you’re free to make mistakes and the pastors aren’t? No way!
If your pastor has to step down from his/her church, keep going to church! Don’t stop because he/she had to step down to take care of themselves. It would be best if you never depended on your pastor to be perfect. It’s a sign of idolization. If you find yourself idolizing a pastor, I suggest you take that to God and cast down that spirit of idolization. You won’t make it into the Kingdom putting your pastor above God. Your pastor is trusting God to lead in pastoring. They are not trusting themselves because Proverbs 3:5 NKJV says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” The pastors wouldn’t know that you needed to hear that sermon in church without God speaking to them.
Your pastor is there to lead you to do better but also to learn as he/she speaks to you. Pastors are not supposed to know everything. They are only able to heal through the power of God. They are not supposed to bully you into Christianity. Pastors are vessels of God and are supposed to be a light inside and outside of the church. We need to talk about this because too many people are seeing pastors as a god. That is not a good representation as a Christian at all. I’m going to repeat it: “PASTORS ARE PEOPLE TOO!” Go to church to worship God, not the pastor.
I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’m going to end this here. I hope that you understand that pastors are not above God. I hope that you realize that your pastor is just like you. He/She is only on a big platform to serve God with their lives through their mouth. Have a phenomenal week everyone! Let this post marinate and go pray to God to remove that pastor as your idol.
Prayer: God, we thank you for reminding us that pastors are humans just like us. Thank you for reminding us that they can make mistakes in their life. Please help us to take these pastors off of the pedestal. Remove the pastor in our spirits as our idol. Help us to listen to them if they are speaking your Word. Please help us to stop depending on these pastor’s reputations. We want to put You back on the throne of our hearts! In Jesus name, we love You! Thank You for this post! Amen!
2 Corinthians 11:28- Apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxious concern for all the churches.