Thus, you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them. – Leviticus 15:31
I once wrote that the responsibility of a pastor is to only do or say that which God asks or commands and one thing that God absolutely commands is that we protect or guard the holiness of His name. God is holy and so is His name. When church leaders lose sight of the need for reverence, they also lessen or demean their position in God’s service.
Sometimes God’s people do not understand the danger or seriousness of their actions or attitudes, but pastors (who walk with God) know what might happen if an ungodly action or attitude persists. If any single member of “God’s flock” wanders unwittingly toward danger or destruction, a pastor must intervene, even in the face of anger or condemnation. The good shepherd protects the sheep, even when they don’t know they need it!
Today would be a good day to thank God for good shepherds.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. – Abraham Lincoln
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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