Hebrews 11:38a (NIV) “The world was not worthy of them.”
Over the last 10 years, America has been bombarded by a series of clergy scandals that have contributed to society’s growing sense of general distrust towards the clergy.
On the other hand, many Christian denominations try their best to keep from the general public the rapidly growing trend among Evangelical churches of unnecessarily destroying the lives of good and sincere clergy.
Oftentimes when church leaders and influential persons stand at odds with their pastor, they oftentimes employ a strategy of character assassination by means of inter-personal lobbying through gossip.
These leaders exploit the natural tendencies of human beings to grant the benefit of the doubt to those with whom they’ve shared long-term relationships. Since humans tend to believe those they love, they oftentimes will stand in support of family and friends against a particular person, even though they do not necessarily understand the underlying reasons and causes for such actions.
This is what social experts refer to as “Herd or Mob Mentality.”
A “Herd or Mob Mentality” is an emotional state of mind by which a group of people experience a sense of communal bond that justifies inappropriate means and behaviors that are usually considered to be immoral and reprehensible.
For instance, a minister friend of mine is currently going through her own battles with an out of control, church mob.
Within one week, my minister friend was essentially fired and kicked to the street after a series of meetings that violated her church’s constitution. A telephone campaign of character assassination, false allegations and plain lies was launched against her before any formal charges could be presented in accordance to their church’s constitution and denominational protocols.
In less than a week, her church’s council wrote the bewildered pastor a letter in which they expressed acceptance of an alleged resignation that she never tenured. Furthermore, they cited a private email that the pastor had addressed to her colleagues in which she expresses her increasing frustrations as “evidence” for her alleged resignation.
Some of the lies that have been vociferously and boldly proclaimed against the pastor are so blatantly stupid, that public retractions have been made, but with impunity for the irreparable damages that they have caused to her character.
Interestingly, no formal ecclesial charges have been filed against her, nor has she given the courtesy of answering allegations in an unbiased setting.
The blood-frenzy that these churches experience when crucifying an innocent pastor blinds them to the fact that they are essentially doing the same exact thing that was done to Christ Jesus.
The ones who had Lord Jesus killed did so based on false allegations, gossip, and the alliance of persons (Herod, Pilate, Anas and Caiphas) who before uniting in order to kill Christ, held each other in virtual enmity. The mob was manipulated and Christ was crucified…
…and all because Lord Jesus refused to be manipulated by Judas Iscariot’s own ambitions.
But God is faithful… The wrongs committed by the mob against the saints of God will eventually be avenged by God. The brother of Lord Jesus called Jude wrote a small letter in which he says:
In the same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals- these are the very things that destroy them.
Life is more than this world, and truth always prevails. In the end, the mob will fall into the pit of hell with all their deeds following them, while the innocent pastors that have been flayed by bestial betrayers will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, with crowns of glory.
No…they did not deserve my pastor-friend. They deserve their father the devil.