Monday, October 16, 2017

Hurtful Sheep and Bullied Shepherds

Hurtful Sheep and Bullied ShepherdsThe final “Amen” was given and my friend descended the pulpit and took his usual place at the back door. As people filed by shaking his hand, one particular member of the congregation approached him. Foregoing any and all pleasantries he immediately began to humiliatingly pick apart the message that had only ended minutes before. Overwhelmed by the onslaught, my friend had no idea what to say or do. Thankfully, an older gentleman who was visiting—actually a retired pastor—overheard the harangue and interrupted: “What do you think you’re doing?” The man replied with all seriousness: “I have the spiritual gift of nitpicking and it’s my job to humble the preacher.” Defensively, the retired pastor fired back: “That’s nothing but spiritual bullying and it’s absolutely unacceptable!”
 

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