A Prayer for Your Pastor
By Emily Rose Massey
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1, ESV).
When the news of another pastor’s moral failure makes its way into the public eye, is your first reaction one of sarcasm and jadedness, or does it cause you to weep and hit your knees in prayer? It seems easier to get angry or grow cynical when those in the pulpit fall into grave sin and disappoint those who have attributed much of their spiritual growth to their teaching. Instead of wagging our fingers or shaking our heads in disappointment, it should truly break our hearts when leaders in the church fall.
There is a stern warning found in the book of James that should cause us to pause and reflect upon the great and weighty responsibility that pastors carry as teachers of God’s Word:
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with…