I didn’t know what else to title this one, so now that you are here…
4 Things You may have said as a leader, or heard a leader say…
1. Leave your mess (sin, problems, junk, etc.) at the door – don’t bring it in here.
Jesus would never propagate such a saying. I know that when we as leaders say these things, we are in good intention. However, we must realize that the sick need a physician. The weak need a hospital. Luke 5:31
May we allow ALL of our junk to be brought into His presence. Don’t leave it at the door (or wherever), bring it to the Cross.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
2. Sheep are dumb.
Why do leaders make such a statement? Yes, in the natural, actual sheep are less than intelligent. But we must not equate an animal to human beings. We are His handiwork, wonderfully made in His image. Psalm 139:14
The ignorance of an animal/sheep is NOT the point here. Jesus would never refer to those who are trying to know Him or encounter Him as ignorant, stupid, or dumb.
Maybe we as leader say these things to exalt ourselves so that others esteem our wisdom. (I hope you caught the sarcasm)
HALT in making this arrogant statement. It’s not like Jesus. Do you realize that sheep as it relates to Christians can discern His voice and His will just like leaders? We seem to forget that we too (leaders) are still sheep in need of a Great Shepherd. Matthew 23:12
John 10:4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
3. I love God, but not His people.
This statement must have been derived from Gandhi. Total assumption on my part. He said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
There may be much validity to this statement, but this way of thinking cannot be true nor practiced for the Christian. For Gandhi it is fine, but not for Jesus’ body.
Our Pastor, Pete Wilson, quoted Anne Lamott. She said,
“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
Think on that.
1 John 4: 19-21 19We love because He first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother or sister, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother or sister.
4. I don’t care how you feel…
This statement I have said a lot. I did not mean that I didn’t care, but it surely communicated a lack of love to the hearer.
There was a pastor in Alabama that took me aside years ago after one of my hell driven sermons – He said, “Matt, you really sounded angry when you preached, especially when you said, “I don’t care how you feel tonight”.
Again, it was not intended to hurt. But who wants to be told that no one cares how he or she feels? NO ONE.
Matthew 22:39 …’Love your neighbor as yourself.’