Thursday, April 3, 2014

Preferential treatment in the ministry...

Tip of the Tongue Theology

By Todd Lockwood

     Preferential treatment in the ministry will not strengthen the body of Christ. I have seen this first hand in a church that I used to attend where a pastor gave preferential treatment to his family. One controversial individual of the family was eventually put in charge of the youth ministry. Over time, the congregation gradually took notice of the problematic individual. But when issues would arise, the pastor would only make excuses for the individual. Needless to say, the pastor and the controversial individual lost favor in the eyes of many in the congregation, weakening the unity of the church.

     This type of behavior doesn't represent staying faithful to God. A believers allegiance to God should be above all, including friends and family. God wants believers to judge fairly among all (Leviticus 19:15). Preferential treatment is an example of a corrupted Pharisaical spirit (Matthew 23:23). Fair judgement preserves and builds the body of Christ but its absence will only divide it. Staying faithful to God is essential for the well being of the body of Christ.

     A believer needs to show unyielding allegiance to the Lord. No matter if a believer is the one giving or receiving preferential treatment, they need to put a stop to it immediately. Paul is a good example of someone who was mature enough in the faith to judge fairly no matter the situation (Gal 2:11; Acts 15:38-41). His faithfulness is a great example for all believers.

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7