Weiner and Elder
I watch with a strong measure of disbelief as the scandal/non-scandal of Anthony Weiner continues to unfold. He is running for mayor of New York City after resigning from Congress when compromising tweets of himself were discovered. I could talk about his politics and his positions on issues such as abortion but that would distract from the point of this post. I read a sad, sordid post from HotAir.com that shows show his sin and folly continues to be exhumed as he runs for mayor. What is sad is that he appears to be the front-runner for mayor nonetheless.
So what? Should I be shocked? Should I be traumatized and cry out for the good ol’ days? Once again I shrug. We see the natural outcome of what it looks like when one rejects Jesus, lives in an unconverted state as a slave to sin. This sort of thing can annoy me, but it doesn’t shock me. But this cannot be true for the elder of a church.
The bible is clear that though the people and politics that flow endlessly around a Christian may involve much sin, sordid and otherwise; it is not to involve the office of the elder in the Church. 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 both make clear statements about the man who holds this office. And if I were to take one key quality that both passages declare it is to be “above reproach.” Listen, mayors, presidents and your next door neighbor can sleep around, do drug, embezzle, lie, cheat, and even murder. That is what happens in a broken, fallen world. But for those men who are converted through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who seek to be elders, the standard is unrelentingly high, he must be above reproach in every way.
I won’t go into all the various qualities of the elder. I only wish to point out that we should expect high standards from our elected officials but never be shocked when they fail to even try to attain them. But as Christians we should have no patience and no time for those who seek to be a shepherd of God’s Church who refuses to hold to the standards He has set for those who oversee the Church He bought with His blood.
Posted on July 23, 2013, in Bible Observations, Missional, Politics, Theology and tagged Anthony Weiner, Character, Elder, Integrity, Pastoral Ministry, Politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.