Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” – Exodus 32:1
When Moses did not descend from Mt. Sinai (on the Israelite’s timetable), they demanded that Aaron take charge and give them something else to worship. In response, Aaron provided exactly what they wanted, a man-made god.
It seems to me that today there are some Christians who want the same thing. God is not responding on their timetable or conforming to their wishes and they demand that church leaders provide an alternative, a god who will meet their needs according to their selfish wishes. Unfortunately, many so-called leaders are more than willing to respond (as Aaron did) by appeasing the masses.
The work of God’s under-shepherd (the pastor) is not to give people what they want (as they define it), but rather to present what they truly need, the one and only triune God of Scripture. While it may not be the easy or popular path to take, it will be the right one.
Aaron forgot his responsibility before the Lord and followed the sheep instead of shepherding them. Be thankful for all those pastors who know the difference.
Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. – Donald Rumsfeld
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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