An important article by Mike Breen.
This got me thinking about a matter that weighs on me.
Accountability…why are so many of us so bad at this?
I am afraid that I know/have known leaders and pastors in the Body of Christ who speak about the need for Christian accountability but in the end I have found that they are not living in a cloud of Glory but a mess of smoke and mirrors.
I have seen a beautiful church plant wither painfully into the dust due to manipulative leadership who were careful not to permit any members who acted as elders of the church to be trustees of the charity…different stories to different people who it seemed God would not tolerate. I have seen people take years to recover enough from this abusive situation to risk trusting God in a church again whilst also praying for some who are not yet able and have effectively ditched their faith…God in His grace seemed to pant another church out of the withering one before she was seen to be terminal. He seemed to somehow cut off the good from the plant and re-potted it in good soil.
Wonderful that He knows what He is doing.
I am thankful.
I serve a wonderful God and struggle daily with a call to be accountable myself. It is too easy to claim accountability whilst just telling different people different stories and thus give the appearance of being accountable and reliable.
I have seen valuable ministries and marriages almost destroyed by such.
I have seen a pastor surrounded by tame yes-people who never seem to offer those correctives so desperately needed leading and thus leading a fellowship that never met its potential sue to the endless waves of “comers and goers”. Where unsettled Christians from other churches joined, got to know the lay of the land and went again…probably never finding rest…
We have to pray and seek wisdom and grace, every day.
I am making a decision to be where God seems to have called me and to trust Him.
He is good at shining light on our sin and be sure that He loves justice.
No one said it was easy or going to be easy. Jesus certainly never said it would be easy.
He told us to take up our cross, daily.
The Serenity prayer just sprung to mind….you know:
“God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed.
Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
- Living one day at a time,
- Enjoying one moment at a time,
- Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
- Taking, as Jesus did,
- This sinful world as it is,
- Not as I would have it,
- Trusting that You will make all things right,
- If I surrender to Your will,
- So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
- And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
I surrender to His will, or at least I try to.
We must trust and submit to Him and pray for those He has called to serve us in leadership but not be stupid.
This is a bit of a ramble I am afraid, with me struggling to say stuff that I am not sure how to share so I will quit for now and post this. Maybe I will pick out the bones and repost at a later date or maybe I won’t.
I will keep praying though…