When we read about the latest Christian leader falling into scandal or temptation – it can be tempting to criticize their actions or become full of anger.
While it’s natural to feel a range of emotions when godly leaders fall – we must be careful to not allow ourselves to become hypocritical – or puffed up with pride.
So just how should we respond when leaders fall?
To start – it’s important to turn to God’s word and look at what He has to say.
When a trusted leader falls, it should bring godly sorrow.
Not only for the individual, but for the lives that will be impacted from the latest scandal.
Perhaps there are victims in an abuse case, or a misappropriation of ministry resources.
Whatever the charge – it is tragic when a brother or sister stumbles into sin and brings others down with them.
It’s okay to feel sad – or even outraged when bad things happen – but may this sorrow remind us of the importance of drawing near to God.
A Sobering Reminder
When we watch other leaders publicly fall – it should cause all of us to fall to our knees in repentance.
After all – the Bible warns us that our sins will all be made known – one day.
“Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” – Luke 12:3
Each of us have areas in our life that are out of alignment with God – and while it can be tempting to villainize the latest Christian who stumbled – remember you or I are no better.
Are we finding pleasure in watching another stumble?
Or are we puffed up with pride joining in the social media outrage cries of how could “that person” sin so deeply as a *gasp* Christian?
Instead, it’s important to ask God to examine our own hearts – and rid us of any impurities.
We should never take pleasure when another person stumbles or falls into sin.
In addition – the Bible also warns us all that pride comes before fall – so it’s crucial to make sure we remain in a humble posture before God – knowing it is only by His grace we are sustained and kept upright.
A Reminder To Pray
When a Christian is in a leadership position – they are often a prime target for the enemy.
Remember – the enemy seeks to kill and destroy and keep God’s people trapped in darkness – and the last thing satan wants is someone to accept the freedom only found in Jesus Christ.
The enemy knows by taking down a Christian leader – it’s likely other ministries will follow.
We must remember to lift up our Pastors and other Christian leaders in prayer – and pray for God to protect them.
And when we read about the latest scandal – may we be reminded and convicted to pray even harder for those shepherding God’s flock.
How do you respond when godly leaders fall?
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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