The Problem with Pedestals – When Christian Leaders Fall

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Please say it isn’t so. Please tell me yet another Christian leader with a huge platform didn’t just fall in public disgrace?

Oh yes he did.

In case you hadn’t noticed, there has been a string of these sad scenarios in the recent past where a mega-church leader with mega-influence crashes and burns for all to see, hurting scores of people in the process.

What gives? When will it end? Who’s next? Can we believe in anyone anymore?

Without naming names or pointing fingers, one clear takeaway from this ugly trend is that we were created to worship God – not His servants. Whether you are a leader or a layman, a big shot or a long shot, there’s only one direction in which worship is supposed to flow – from people to God.

When we make the mistake of putting a Christian personality up on a pedestal, and they make the mistake of accepting it, it’s only a matter of time before they tragically fall. It’s a set-up for disappointment. Even worse, it invites disenchantment into your soul. It can knock your theological legs right out from under you.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

John the Baptist had the distinction of baptizing Jesus, but he never let it go to his head. When an admiring crowd tried to make a Rockstar out of him, he re-routed their attention to the Messiah. He said,

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’” -John 1:29-30

John made it clear to his audience that Jesus was the One they were looking for – not him. Jesus was the one who was worthy of their deepest trust and worship because Jesus was the only One who could and would endure the cross on their behalf. If they were going to place anyone up on a pedestal, it should be Him.

Still true.

It’s a new day with God. Run with it.


2 thoughts on “The Problem with Pedestals – When Christian Leaders Fall

  1. So many times I’ve done this in my life !!! All the time being let down! My first mistake was letting them or that or it be there on my throne in the first place ! Your so so right only one deserves this place for me and that’s my Jesus !!!!

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