Do Pastors think of themselves as Christ for their people and do their people see the Christ who works through the voice and hands of their Pastors? It is not that the Pastor takes Christ's place but that Christ has promised to work through the Pastor in his exercise of the means of grace. It seems that we do not think in these terms anymore and I wonder why? This is not the Pastor as Herr Pastor but the Pastor as the voice and hands of Jesus washing, feeding, and speaking the kingdom that comes to us through the Word and Sacraments. This has little to do with authority or respect and everything to do with the way we see the means of grace. It has nothing to do with the Pastor's personal righteousness and everything to do with our confidence in the way the Lord has promised to do His work and build His kingdom here on earth.