“The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.”
Food for Thought
Think back 300 years. (I know, we all remember that time so well having all been there, but humor me.)
How many times did you hear about church scandals: pastors sexually abusing children; pastors sexually abusing men; pastors sexually abusing women; pastors squandering money on houses, cars, glass buildings, prostitutes, or televisions?
Sure, there was the occasional story of abuse, over-indulgence, and prostitution, but was it as rampant as today? If it was, it was never reported. For the most part, the clergy were serious, pious, devout men, many of whom preached more about hell than having one’s “best life now.”
Today, we can barely go a full week without hearing about some pastor or Christian leader caught in some scandal.
It would seem our world is going down in morals, over all, not just within the Church. What has happened?
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Does this passage describe us?
Many church leaders preach a message people want to hear, not necessarily what they need to hear. But what has happened to those leaders? More and more often they are still trapped within or fall into sin, sometimes worse than many in the world.
Perhaps you have seen the rise in people leaving churches, moving between churches, or simply leaving Christianity altogether?
Like a hungry person wants some warm solid food, the spirit longs for words of truth and wisdom.
A good preacher teaches the truth of the Bible: that humans are sinful and in need of a Savior, that we need to live for God to have any real and good life (though we may receive pain and suffering for our faith).
Many teachers today preach: happiness, financial prosperity, “all people are basically good,” you can have it all, and/or all things are permissible.
A diet of only cookies will kill you before too long. A balanced diet will give you long life.
Messages preaching only goodness and cheer will lead you to destruction. Reproof and grace will lead you to everlasting life.
Father, give us ears to hear and hearts that yearn for truth. Strengthen our spirits with Your Word. Nourish us with Your guidance. Help us to endure the trials You send to strengthen, and help us hear when You correct us.