Grace For The Fallen Leader?
I believe it’s the promise of grace that gives us the courage to repent…indeed the desire to repent is the first grace given by God to a fallen sinner.
Grace is everything to me, it is the underserved favor of God to to sinful rebels and lawbreakers of which I am the chief.
It is our only hope.
My constant need of the grace of God is the only thing that brings me to a place of humility and a desire to be obedient.
It is not my nature to be either.
The law only shows me my failure and breaks me.
Grace, indeed, leads me home.
Thinking about all this has raised a question in my mind about how we deal with fallen leaders.
I’ve always been of the opinion that a sexual or financial fall disqualified a leader for, if not life, most of their life.
They may need to be put down like a bad dog…figuratively of course.
I might be wrong.
What we have done is to remove from our presence and our vision those who now know the true grace of God by experience, not hearsay.
Most folks give lip service to the need for grace…in reality they believe they deserve it because they are better Christians in comparison to heathens and other Christians.
Those who have failed so badly that grace was their only hope know better.
Colossal failures followed by abundant grace produces brokenness and humility in how we deal with others.
The person becomes a conduit of the grace they have received to others in deep need of receiving the same.
Isn’t that what we want from our leaders?
Broken people leak when they get full of themselves…
I’m not advocating for instant or even quick restoration…and maybe not even restoration to a former position.
I am advocating that we lift up those who know from personal experience that Jesus forgives and restores the sinner as examples of what the Gospel truly means.
It might be more attractive to a fallen world than plastic saints preaching the law.
Maybe…it’s worth thinking about and discussing.