Matthew 23:10-12 (NASB) Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
I have heard this text taught and preached many, many times.
Yet we continue to put our church leaders ahead of Christ. We are all about
Jesus Christ in our conversation, but by our actions, Bishop Do-Right is the
authority on all spiritual matters and whom we seek to please.
Respecting leadership is right and necessary. Obeying those
that have rule over us is obedience to Christ. I am not speaking against
decency and order. I am speaking against giving a man a place in your life that
should be reserved for Jesus Christ and Him alone. If the Right Reverend Pimpalicious
requires something of you that Jesus Christ Himself taught against, that “leader”
has put himself in a place he has no business occupying in your life.
There is plenty of blame to go around about how we’ve gotten
to this place in the church. Like politics in America, only the self-serving climb
the ladders to find secular success. Behind all these so-called leaders are
people supporting them, patronizing them, and lifting them up, trying to secure
cabinet positions in their regimes. I also need to clarify that I am not
speaking against mega-churches or mega-church pastors. This has nothing to do
with church size, ministry offerings, number of campuses, number of books
written, speaking engagements, being part of Oprah’s Life Class series, or any
such thing. This is about the heart of man.
The pastor of a small church can be just as guilty of
exalting himself as the pastor of a large church. The bishop of a huge
jurisdiction with billions of dollars can be just as humble as the bishop of a
small third-world nation with nothing. Evaluate your own heart, your own
motivations. Do you want to serve the people of God, or do you want them to
serve you? Are you interested in growing the Kingdom of God or your own
personal kingdom? God already knows, so be honest with yourself.