As I write this, I’m waiting on confirmation of facts to add to the sordid tale.
For the moment, however, I’ve risen out of the sewer to grab some fresh air and I wish to offer a different perspective.
We have spoken at length about a few leaders who have lost their way and seem unable or unwilling to find it.
What we haven’t spoken about are the people who actually enabled the leaders to be leaders and who are the clearer representation of the Body of Christ.
I’m speaking of the tens of thousands of men and women who gave, often sacrificially, to fund missions in India and Asia.
I’m speaking of multiplied hundreds who worked for this charity for little compensation both here and on the mission field.
They gave and they worked anonymously out of God given love for the least of these.
They have spent their time, their money, and their very lives, to try to live as they speak and claim to believe.
They have followed Jesus and they have obeyed Jesus as they felt He led them.
The leaders will be used to bring reproach to the name of Christ.
They will be used to malign the faith once delivered to the saints and those who hold to that faith.
They aren’t the ones we should be looking at.
For every one of these wolves in the sheepfold there are thousands of people who are trying to serve their God in spirit and truth.
They give and they work and they hope and they care and they pray and they try to do it right.
They repent …a lot.
Every time there is a need in their church, in their community, in this country, or around the world, they are the ones who respond.
They are also the ones who show up when your child is sick, the bills are due, the loss has been great, and hope is small.
They aren’t trying to make a name or a fortune, they’re just trying to be faithful and get home before dark.
They are the church, they are “the Christians”, they are the real Body of Christ.
They will hear “well done, good and faithful servant”, when they meet the One they have followed…even as they hear the scorn and mockery of this present world.
They are the only thing holding this whole damned mess together.
I’m speaking of a lot of you who are reading this.
Do not grow weary in your well doing… for the most of you are doing well, indeed.
God bless you as you’ve allowed Him to make His own application with your lives.