I’m thinking of all the evangelical leaders who say ridiculous and harmful things, and wondering if all the ordinary Christians who listen to them know that they don’t have to – that just because someone is a pastor or has a big following (or a lot of media attention) and claims the Christian name doesn’t mean that what they are saying is true or good or helpful.
Drawing on my last post, about God empowering ordinary people, I think God wants us to be empowered to use our brains and hearts and human compassion and empathy – and our own reading of Scripture with all these things in mind – to determine what kinds of leaders we choose to follow.
Answer To I’d like to know what kind of god you answer to behind that smile you grab to coat your face before you leave the house, your real thoughts locked away on shelves beyond my reach― and all of this, you say, is leadership. I’d like to know, because if he is not a god who shares himself in humbleness, who gives himself in tenderness and sees the ones who cry to him for justice, then I want nothing to do with him. If he, like you, knows only how to smile and not to weep, and if he laughs at things that make me want to turn the tables on their heads in holy anger― if he does not bleed a screaming river from his side as you wield scripture like a knife, I’d like to know― because, if so, this god you answer to is not a god I want to know. And, surely, with the sureness in my soul, I do not answer to you.