Sunday, December 30, 2012

Leadership Standards (1 Timothy 3:1-13)

We live in an age that is too comfortable with frailty. That is a statement that I stand by, even while I have a hard time reconciling it with things I observe. On the one hand, I think that believers are too prone to legalism and preferring guidelines to standards—law to love. And yet, we have simultaneously misunderstood grace to mean license.

No where is this more apparent than in church leadership. We need to be forgiving when followers of Jesus slip up. We don’t need to dumb down our desires for discipleship or our expectations of those whom we would look to set the pace.

Our leaders should not be our “best” people. They should be the people that are called and gifted to fill that role. However, we should all strive for the kinds of standards that this these lists in Timothy and those in Titus call for us to pursue. None more than those who would accept the role of being leaders.

So, let’s stop short of asking our leadership to be Jesus, but let’s be picky. And while we are at it, let’s all strive to be as Christ-like as we can be.

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