Hiya peeps. I changed my mind about what to post.
So one time during an office
about hours of sleep in a day, a colleague of mine made a statement that made
my head ring, like my eyes almost popped out of their sockets.
Today, we're talking about men of God and how a lot of us hold them to a higher standard and expect that they not fall ‘cause we think they're superhuman.
So on this day, I can't remember how the conversation started but I know it was about sleep and one of my colleagues who attends one very big church in Ota said his pastor only sleeps for just 2 hours every day. I was like "Wait! What?!*shines eyes* 2 hours? Every day!? That can't be right". If you said "hmm, for about 2 weeks one time, Pastor so and so was only sleeping for 2 hours every day" I'd believe but sleeping for just 2 hours every frigging day? No one can survive like that now. My colleague insisted that that's how long his pastor sleeps for.
When I told him that I didn't believe that, he said I wouldn't understand that it’s called Grace. I understand that grace can make a man do the impossible but isn't the man still human? I mean, he's flesh and blood and although I don't expect him to sleep the standard 8 hours a day, I think 4 hours every day is more believable. I wasn't the only one on my side of the argument, and we tried to explain to him that people who don't get enough rest can go crazy but he was having none of it. He went further to argue that the man has a lot of responsibilities on his hands what with travelling to fulfil ministerial obligations, being the head of a very big church, signing a lot of documents, and on top of that adding the management of a thriving university, there's no time to sleep. He went ahead to say that he's not a regular human being that the pastor in question is a spirit being.
I told him that all Christians who are born of the spirit are spirit beings so if his pastor is not a normal human because he's a man of God and a spirit being then I'm also not a normal human ‘cause I am a daughter of Zion, born of the spirit too. My colleague vexed at this one and said "how dare you compare yourself to *****? He’s a god!" *eye popping moment* He's a what?! Are you frigging kidding me?! Your pastor is a god? Then to buttress his heresy, he quoted Exodus 7:1 "And the said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet."(Bible Gateway) I just shook my head at him. Funny thing is, most of these pastors actually admit that they are human, flesh and blood like the rest of us but their members hold them up to the rest of the world as gods to be worshipped or super humans that are perfect and without flaws.
Personally, I think it’s unfair on the men of God. They are humans just like all of us. They are supposed to set an example for us to follow and lead lives worthy of emulation but holding them to the same standard as God? That's just wrong and unfair. My dad is a man of God and although he is one of the most principled and disciplined people I know, he's also flawed in so many ways but that's why he's human. He's allowed to make mistakes, learn from them, apologise for them and move on. The day my colleague made that statement is the day I understood the amount of pressure these men of God are under. They are not allowed to want the same things we mortals want, they are not allowed to have the same fleshy desires, and God forbid a pastor admits to having lusted after sister so and so at some point or being tempted to dip his hands into the church purse out of desperation at some point.
I for one would like to hear my pastor say that at some point, he was tempted but he didn't fall or that he did fall but he didn't stay down, he came out of the temptation stronger and has not gone back since or has gone back but God is helping him in the fight against that temptation. We as a congregation like to delude ourselves into thinking that our pastors are perfect and devoid of sin or mistakes and temptations but that's not true. Many of them are stronger and can ward off these temptations by the amazing grace of God but many of them still struggle and we should make allowances for that in our expectations of them. Not put them on sky-high pedestals and expect them not to fall.
These are my thoughts; please share yours in the comment section below.
Have a fabulous Thursday and be awesome!