This is a little late because I was out of town, got back, played catch up on a lot of stuff and now am back in the swing of things. Anyway, saw this video over on Victor’s blog & thought I’d share:
Here’s my thoughts for what they’re worth.
- It’s interesting that God has a way of working in people’s lives. I just read a cool quote over at Brad’s blog from Rick Warren (pastor of Saddleback Church). It goes like this:
“God is more interested in your character than your comfort. He is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making it happy.”
So true, so true. I believe that it’s Michael’s time now when God will develop his character. And it will be uncomfortable. But it will be the healthiest thing he’s ever experienced. It’s just too bad it took him to this point to be broken. Which leads into my next thought…
- I believe that situations like this are symptoms of a larger problem in our christian/church culture. A problem of accountability with leadership. We elevate people to such a high status and begin taking their words as gospel – as if any man was incapable of failing. These men and women begin to believe that they are special, that people owe them respect, honor, etc.Don’t get me wrong, I believe in honoring one another. I believe in respecting elders. I believe that people who spend their lives serving others should be called saints. But the Bible teaches that we are all saints, priests, and servants – those who call Christ Lord. And we are all imperfect, all capable of what Michael Gugglielmucci did or worse.What is missing? Where’s the breakdown?
I believe it’s lack of real relationships, and lack of accountability.
MG says that he was raised in a ‘Christian’ home, in the church and that the church so looked down on the sin of pornography that he was driven to create this fassaud to take the focus off. I believe this is a story that many of us could tell or hear over and over – if we were real. Christians are the worst at pointing fingers, at creating unattainable expectations, and at covering things up rather than dealing with them. When will we wake up? When will love conqure fear? Now I’m not making any excuses for this man, but imagine the situation he found himself in. In too deep and no way out.
Next is the lack of accountability. This one really gets me going. I don’t know the situation in his church or personal life, but because of this very public scandal I do know that somewhere, accountability in his life & church broke down. Where were the people who had complete access to his life? How could he possibly get away with lying about having terminal cancer for 2 years… 2 years! Why didn’t an oversight team, accountability partner, wife, father, mother, demand to see doctors results? demand to go with him to an appointment, at least one.
This again wreaks of the idea that just because he was a ‘pastor’, he was completely trustworthy, above reproach. Just because he wrote an amazing song, he had to be telling the truth. There’s got to be a place where the ‘buck stops’ and it can’t be with a single leader. That’s how people end up drinking kool aid, and trying to catch a comet.
I’m not saying we distrust everyone. What I am saying is that we setup, to the best of our ability, a system that helps people be ABLE to be honest. And get them help BEFORE stuff like this happens. And we better start doing it quick, because I only see more and more of these types of situations on the horizon for church leaders in our high intestity, growth driven, personality driven modern church.
And for Michael. Let’s praise God that he will finally be free.