Another day, another headline about a pastor coming forward with a scandal.
According to what I read, the church is handling it very well. And I hope that rather than using this story to further condemn the church, we can look at this as a perfect example of Christianity.
Hold up, wait a minute, did I just say a pastor with AIDS admitting to knowingly sleeping around with members of his congregation is a good picture of a Christian?
There’s some weird thing in the culture where we as a society expect the church, especially church leaders, to be perfect. Now, maybe someone involved scandal like this should be taken out of their leadership position. But they shouldn’t be condemned. And maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.
This is a perfect example of Christianity because it perfectly shows that even Christians have faults. And that’s why Jesus had to come.
If people, including pastors, were perfect, Jesus’s sacrifice would not have been necessary.
The whole gospel of Christianity is centered on the fact that Jesus came to earth, died a sinner’s death, and gracefully offered redemption to the world.
The pastor’s scandal just shows that Christians aren’t perfect and are still in need of Jesus. We will never stop needing Jesus. The important thing is that we recognize this truth and act accordingly through prayer, confession, and repentance.
Paul writes about struggles with sin, even as a Christian, in Romans 7(NIV).
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.
Sin will continue because we are human, and human nature is in a constant battle with Godly nature in an attempt to gain control. But there is hope.
Through Christ, there is rescue, and we know that we will have ultimate victory over sin in the end.
Praise God for his redemption and that we may walk out of these situations completely cleansed.
There is no condemnation. There is only righteousness. That’s the message of the gospel.