Pedestals

Just a few weeks ago, I found out that a revered area youth pastor was accused of sexual misconduct. 

I knew and respected this man.  He spoke in our church services on several occasions.  He started and led a non-profit organization that targeted kids on the streets and offered them literacy, mentoring, and athletic opportunities.  He was looked up to and respected – in religious and political realms.  Not surprisingly, the news came as a shock to the entire community.

Is he guilty?  I don’t know.  But I do know that even those on pedestals aren’t infallible. 

Sometimes those who excel in their field, donate their time and livelihood, seemingly have it all together, can and do fail.  Professional athletes get in trouble for using steroids – or cheating on their wives (*cough, Tiger Woods); those whose songs grace the pop charts are now “taking an extended vacation” by going into rehab. 

So what are we to do?  It’s unlikely that we’ll stop putting people on pedestals.  People excel, so we recognize them for their achievements and contributions to society.  It’s seems natural for us to look up to others. 

Instead of idolizing these people, perhaps we need to realize that they are human too and (unfortunately) mess up, just like the rest of us.  Then, instead of crucifying them for their actions (horrendous and deserving as they may be), maybe we should offer the same grace that we receive so freely from our Heavenly Father.

“There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ.” -Romans 3:23-24

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~ by Serena on December 17, 2009.

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