Pastors often struggle with honesty
Posted: 02/11/2013 at 7:17 pm
I am increasingly convinced that pastors’ fears to be honest rests on the familiar “better safe than sorry” cliché. If the church does not accept the challenge to upgrade its thinking and expectations in light of 2,000 years of research, scientific progress and scholarship grounded in archeology and the best of textual criticism, then what can a pastor do but remain fearful, silent, and probably “stuffy”? The only other option is to risk stepping outside the status quo and daring the church to slam the door in your face.
Jesus apparently faced similar options, but he did not let resistance of the religious authorities inhibit his revised message. If today’s pastors, with authentic academic credentials, will dare to preach and teach in norms that incorporate their own integrity, the pews may be emptied, but the bored absentees will come back to reconsider religion’s relevance.
If school teachers are expected to continually promote both the new and the true in the classroom, does not the same principle apply to pastors?
B. Harry Dyck