I’m certain that we all have amazing spiritual fathers and leaders in our lives. I’m certain that they deliver the true Word of God that He has placed in their hearts. I am certain that we esteem them, hold them in great regard. There is nothing wrong with that at all. The issue however, is when we hold them to a greater standard than we do for ourselves. We can do all the wrong in the world, then turn around and ask them to pray with and for us, without judgment. This happens daily. But you know what else happens daily. Spiritual fathers and leaders stumble. And the reality is, it may be for no other reason than them being human. The Word of God says this:
Romans 3:23 (NKJV) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
This is what happens, people put spiritual fathers and leaders in God’s seat. People expect them to do no wrong. Don’t misunderstand, I am in no way justifying the inappropriate behavior of anyone (myself included). What I am saying however, is the same grace and mercy that we as people want offered to us, is the same grace and mercy that we as people need to extend to our spiritual fathers and leaders.
We, within ourselves build up and exalt our spiritual fathers and leaders to a level that there were never meant to be on. We place them above mistakes. We place them above temptations. We place them above disappointment. We place them above flesh, but they were made just like us. It’s a conundrum to me. The world does the same thing in regards to Christianity. When the world sees something that they don’t like, the first thing they say is, “And the call themselves a Christian! He/she is supposed to be saved!” it makes one look back at the world like, “Really?!?” It’s a lot of pressure to be perfect. Our spiritual fathers and leaders get a double dose others EXPECTING them to be perfect. It’s a lot of pressure!!!
You know the old adage, “Those who know better, do better”. As men of God, we know better. It is our job to set the tone of forgiveness to everyone. It is our job to constantly pray for our spiritual fathers and leaders, that they don’t fall. But in the occasion that one or some of our spiritual fathers and leaders does fall, it is our job as men of God to show the world that the gift of grace and mercy is worth re-gifting!
The world by itself inflicts and abundance of pressure on all of use. There is no need to place additional pressure on others, especially when they are watching for our souls. It’s past time to start saturating our coverings in prayer. A good son mimics his father. A good student mimics his teacher. Our spiritual fathers and leaders pray with and for us, without judgment. Let’s show others how beautiful things could be if we re-gift the grace and mercy that is afforded to us!
Love you, Be Blessed! — AWS 01.20.16