Do pastors lead their flock or do they instigate (Instigate | Definition of Instigate by Merriam-Webster) their flock to model Christ Jesus. What did the Good Shepherd do? What did the Apostle Paul say about this issue?
The Apostle Paul unambiguously held himself up as an example. Did he claim to be perfect? No, but just as he was in Christ he wanted his flock to strive to be in Christ. Paul understood that he led people to Jesus by modeling Jesus.
Consider the definition of lead.
Definition of lead
1a: to guide on a way especially by going in advance
//led the officers to his hiding place
(continued)Lead | Definition of Lead by Merriam-Webster
Those who lead earn the right to direct others by demonstrating that they themselves know the Way of Jesus Christ.
Consider the example of elementary school teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross’ pastor, Cornerstone Chapel Pastor Gary Hamrick (Hello – Cornerstone Chapel). Cross’ pastor did not leave one of his flock to suffer alone for defending his Christian beliefs.
After defending the embattled teacher during a sermon on Sunday, Cross’ pastor was targeted by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, demanding that he recant his “inflammatory remarks.”
“What are we to do?” asked Cornerstone Chapel Pastor Gary Hamrick during a church service on Sunday. Should we “throw our arms up and surrender and retreat and let our country and our county and our kids be taken over by progressive, liberal, Marxist ideology?”
“We need to be prepared,” continued Hamrick.
“There will be people who will attack us, label us, dismiss us, try to cancel us,” warned the pastor, “but to be passive is to be complicit.”
“The school board, some of them, are not doing their duty to protect, let alone educate, our children,” said Hamrick. “They are subjecting them to sexually explicit materials … and they are already talking about introducing [a] racially divisive curriculum. They are emotionally abusing our children by perpetuating the lie about gender confusion when they affirm pronouns that are contrary to biology, reality, and the beautiful design of God.”
“So, they need to be held accountable and it’s time to step up,” he added.Teacher suspended for refusing to lie to students that a ‘biological boy can be a girl’ | News | Lifesitenews
You want more information. Consider some of the references below. The first is interview of Pastor Gary Hamrick on WMAL’s morning radio show. Here Pastor Hamrick does an excellent job of explaining his conduct. Also consider the Redstate article, which includes a link to the portion of Pastor Hamrick’s sermon where he took up the defense of Tanner Cross.
Note also that the so-called mainstream news media is not making a serious effort to cover the uprising of parents against the insane agenda of the Loudoun County School Board. Yet the story clearly has national implications. Therefore, we need to share this story with as many people as we can.
In particular, we all need to pray that Christian pastors and their congregations will come to together and take a good look at the public schools in their communities. Is their school board determined to properly educate the children in their charge, or is their school board trying to indoctrinate children in un-Christian beliefs, beliefs the Bible clearly condemns? Does their school board need the support of Christian pastors and their congregations, or does their school board need to be replaced?
Instead of placidly accepting the ways of the world, we need to pray God will guide each of us so that we can be salt and light and participate properly in the political life of our country. As Pastor Hamrick observed, “to be passive is to be complicit.”
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- O’Connor & Company Interview – PASTOR GARY HAMRICK – Cornerstone Chapel Pastor – 06.02.21 – O’Connor & Company – Omny.fm
- Loudoun County Democratic Committee Demands Pastor Who Backed Teacher Put on Leave Recant His ‘Insidious Remarks’ – RedState
- Politics, religion collide in transgender debate at Virginia school | WTOP
- District Suspends Teacher For Opposing Transgender Policy – PJ Media
- USSANews.com | The Tea Party’s Front Page.
- Here We Go: Christian Teacher Suspended for Saying He Won’t Lie by Affirming ‘That a Biological Boy Can Be a Girl, And Vice Versa’ | BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network
- VA Democrats Target Pastor Who Spoke Out in Support of Christian Teacher During Transgender Debate | CBN News
- VA Democrats Target Pastor Of Teacher Put On Leave For Refusing To Affirm Kids’ ‘Trans Identity’ | The Daily Wire
- EXCLUSIVE: Loudoun County Schools asked to reinstate teacher against transgender policy (msn.com)