…and bad waitresses and drive-thru workers and soldiers and loan officers and politicians and even preachers!! Ok, admittedly the title was clickbait to an extent. But why are we so surprised when an employee in one certain workforce sins? “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23). There will always be bad people that get appointed to positions that they shouldn’t have—even positions that carry great authority and responsibility. It simply cannot be avoided. Does this mean we shouldn’t try? Of course not! Paul gives us a rather thorough list of qualifications for pastors in two different books (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9). And yet, even the best, most thorough pastor searches have occasionally ended badly. As hardly as we try, it simply cannot be wholly prevented.
Todd Bryant is the Lead Elder at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Northport, AL. He has pastored there since 1998. For more more information on the church and links to audio sermons and apps for electronic devices, visit www.sovereigngrace.net