Dear Pastors…Tell the Truth
I realize also that the Internet for many people is a type of confessionals, where we feel safe in saying what’s on our minds when we can’t in public for fear of ridicule or outright attack. It is of no small concern of mine that people will read this blog and immediately grab a wrong impression of me based on some of the things I say and share, without taking the time to actually get to know me. Anyone who knows me knows that there are many pastors I respect and admire and would gladly serve under the rest of my life if that is God’s will. I appreciate pastors, and know they have a tough job. Yes, there is a subset of pastors who are in a position that God did not put them in, and they should be dealt with, but overall most pastors are loving, gracious, kind people who want to see their congregation grow and honor Christ.
So don’t take this as a negative. This is encouragement. This is for all of ours benefit.
Tell us the truth.
Tell us the truth when you don’t know the answers to our questions, and your humility will set the example as we seek them out together.
Tell us the truth about your doubts, and we will feel safe sharing our own.
Tell us the truth when you get tired, when the yoke grows too heavy and the hill too steep to climb, and we will learn to carry one another’s burdens because we started with yours.
Tell us the truth when you are sad, and we too will stop pretending.
Tell us the truth when your studies lead you to new ideas that might stretch our faith and make us uncomfortable, and those of us who stick around will never forget that you trusted us with a challenge.
Tell us the truth when your position is controversial, and we will grow braver along with you.
Tell us the truth when you need to spend time on your marriage, and we will remember to prioritize ours.
Tell us the truth when you fail, and we will stop expecting perfection.
Tell us the truth when you think that our old ways of doing things need to change, and though we may push back, the conversation will force us to examine why we do what we do and perhaps inspire something even greater.
Tell us the truth when you fall short, and we will drop our measuring sticks.
Tell us the truth when all that’s left is hope, and we start digging for it.
Tell us the truth when the world requires radical grace, and we will generate it.
Tell us the truth even if it’s surprising, disappointing, painful, joyous, unexpected, unplanned, and unresolved, and we will learn that this is what it means to be people of faith.
Tell us the truth and you won’t be the only one set free.
All the kids have always known/that the emperor wears no clothes/ but we bow down to them anyways…