Thursday, November 8, 2018
Give Satan no help. . .
It is our duty, though without any delight, to hold church leaders to the high standards of their offices but it is not our duty or domain to abandon the good offices of the pastoral ministry or dismiss those who faithfully preach the Word and administer the Sacraments of Christ to His people. We should not fall victim to the temptation to add our voices to the voices outside the church who mock God's kingdom and work because of its fallen and sinful clergy. We dare not suggest that morality is in the eye of the beholder nor should we consider the sins of the moment to be greater than the silent sins no longer condemned. We have no cause from God to abandon the worship of God's people gathered around His Word and Table and those whom He has charged to deliver these means of grace to the people. We can be shocked and offended, morally outraged and demanding of better supervision and more transparency, but we dare not offend the Lord by treating the church for whom Christ died and the public life of that church gathered around His Word and Table as something less than worthy or noble. We are to give Satan no help and aid in tearing down what Christ has established!
Think about this when you speak about your leaders (Hebrews 13:17; Ecclesiastes 10:20; 1 Timothy 5:17; Romans 13:1, among others). It is certainly not wrong to criticize wrong, especially when that wrong is not being noted by others. But it is certainly and truly wrong to foster an attitude of criticism, to delight in that wrong, and to focus only upon the wrong and those who perpetuate that wrong. We are not to give Satan aid and comfort in his quest to tear down what God has made. That does not mean we are to remain silent but it does mean that we have a solemn responsibility in the manner in which we speak of one another and how we address things within our common life as Christian people. To do otherwise is to aid Satan and become one of his own minions against the Lord and His work and kingdom.