One of the most dangerous thing I find in being in Christian leadership is the “pedestal syndrome”. Most of us have the tendency to make heroes of pastors, preachers, teachers and ministers, putting them on high pedestals. We expect leaders to maintain a standard that we ourselves are unwilling to keep: perfection.
Now, please don’t mistake this for the old “everybody’s human-nobody’s perfect” excuse. While it is true, I don’t believe it gives us a bye for bad behavior. But the leader who plays into the perceived perfection, and gets completely comfortable on the pedestal, is playing with fire. Allowing people to believe that we are men and women to be emulated, adored, and praised will ultimately get us burned.
I’m learning, as a spiritual leader, to remain grounded in the fact that I am flawed*. I’m not so foolish to broadcast my exact weaknesses, but I make it known that I am a work in progress. I am no guru, but I’m in this walk myself. I’m not light years ahead of those I lead. As a leader, I understand that God doesn’t need me to get His will and plan done. However, He does want me, and His grace is made perfect in my weakness.
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NASB
I thank God for the grace He has shown me. My life is a portrait of God’s perfect love and acceptance. It is my prayer that I never forget the beauty this picture.
* understatement of the century
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