What I Read Today:
1 Corinthians 7; Matthew 23; Isaiah 31; Psalm 82; Ezra 7; Leviticus 2
It’s been an exciting summer. COVID-19 has really made a mess.
We’ve been in what seems like an eternal lockdown in Illinois since March. As a kid, every now and then, I’d hear my Dad say something like, do as I say, not as I do. Usually, he inferred that there was something he was doing as an adult that I was not allowed to do.
During the pandemic, there have been several exciting events.
On April 11, Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot Chicago news media outlets attacked the mayor for getting a haircut while the city had closed the hair salons in Chicago by her orders.
On May 15, Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker, Illinois news outlets accused the Governor’s family of violating the state’s travel ban to fly to their ranch in Florida. Later the press discovered the Governor himself violated the travel ban by driving to the families ranch in Wisconsin.
We all know about Nancy Pelosi getting a hair cut during San Fransisco’s ban on stores like Salon’s being opened.
When leaders tell people to do one thing and then violate that request, it damages the trust that people have given them.
That’s what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 23:12, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” NIV
Effective leadership is servant leadership. What that means is that leaders put the betterment of their people above themselves. Leadership in the church requires that Pastors put the lives and souls of their parishioners above themselves. Most of them do that faithfully every day! Thank God for the selfless servants that proclaim the Gospel for you and me!