It’s too late to write up a post of my own tonight, so I’ll leave it to Pope Gregory the Great to give you some thought-provoking and timely words from the past. Take it away, Greg:
“There are some also who investigate spiritual precepts with cunning care, but what they penetrate with their understanding they trample on in their lives: all at once they teach things which not by practice but by study they have learnt and what in words they preach by their manners they impugn… certainly no one does more harm in the Church than one who has the name and rank of sanctity, while he acts perversely… Whosoever, then, having come to bear the outward show of sanctity, either by word or example destroys others, it had indeed been better for him that earthly deeds in open guise should press him down to death than that sacred offices should point him out to others as imitable in his wrong-doing; because, surely, if he fell alone, the pains of hell would torment him in more tolerable degree.”
“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
– James 3:1
There truly is a heavy burden of responsibility on those who seek to teach the Bible, and I pray that we would all take it more seriously. We cannot hope to convince anyone with words what we do not follow up with our deeds. We need real Christian leaders desperately in the church today. Will you step up and be one of them?