Because of that experience in my own life I have a passion and love for ALL Pastors & their families. I know that is not the experience some may have had growing up but that was who God used in my own life when my world became dark and bleak. We all have those life defining moments that change us forever and I was fortunate enough to have two wonderful Pastors to guide me through the good news of the gospel!
It doesn't mean that I look at all Pastors as being perfect people. These two men also taught me Romans 3:23 There is none righteous, no not one. I am sure there were people who had issues about one thing or another with my pastor and my uncle. There could have been theological issues, personal issues or a million other things that seem to become front and foremost in our churches. The sheep have a tendency to become more interested in methodology than in a little girl like myself who just needed to be led through the "Good News" of the gospel.
The one thing I have heard most from working alongside my own Pastor is that he is the first to admit he is not perfect. Working with my Pastor and his family has been the only time I have ever felt that I myself was not expected to be perfect either because only Christ is perfect. The world may not have accepted me and all my failures but my Pastor and his family loved me in spite of them. It makes the working environment more motivating to be working alongside people that are loving, transparent and real.
Romans 5:8 tells us that God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Yes, Christ died for us, all of us because of our sin. He died for me, for my Pastors and for everyone because of all our sin. We are all in the same boat, each and everyone of us and yet the grace extended to us from God is not always easy to extend to each other. I was and still am fortunate to have people in my life who understand God's amazing love and extent of grace.
Our Pastors are up against so much and so many..............all I can think of is how many young children, teens & adults like myself need the good news of the gospel. I don't know about you but I still need the reminder! Let's face it there is an entire world that needs to hear it so come alongside the Shepherd, put away the pettiness and extend the same love and grace to them and to others. We need to serve in our churches in a way that shows we truly believe that we are sinners in need of a Savior!