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The Fault in Our Leaders: What We Learned from the Recent Scandal
Written by Project Inspired | May 22, 2015
By now, most of you have heard the news. Josh Duggar, star of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, recently admitted to molesting young women in his teenage years. What makes this particular case even more unbelievable is that Duggar was, until recently, the leader of a large Christian organization. That means thousands of people, both young and old, looked up to him and turned to him for spiritual guidance. The news of his past came as a shock to people because many of them trusted and put their faith in him. It also left us all with one important question. How could a man of God do something so unGodly?
Duggar is not the first spiritual leader to behave in an unGodly manner. What these stories teach us as Christians is that we shouldn’t put so much faith in our spiritual leaders. At the end of the day, they’re human beings. And as human beings, they will fall, falter and fail just as much as we do. All we can do is pray for them. Pray that they learn to live the words that they preach to others. Pray that they find healing for what torments them. And pray that they find their way back to the path of righteousness. There’s no need to speak badly of them or criticize their sin, because we are all wrong in some way.
As human beings, we are all sinners. We’re all dealing with faults. From Josh Duggar to Mark Driscoll, we’ve seen that no human is immune to sin. No matter what pedestal you find yourself on, you will fall at some point in time. Remember, Abraham lied. Sarah laughed at God’s promises. David had an affair. John was self-righteous. Paul and Moses were murderers. Jonah ran from God. Miriam was a gossiper. Gideon and Thomas doubted God. Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal. John the Baptist was a loudmouth. Noah was a drunk.
We are all human.
The beautiful thing about GRACE is that it’s there for all; even for those who slip and fall, like some of our leaders. Just because they are in a position of “power”, that doesn’t make them any less sinful. All of us have stories. All of us have hit some type of valley in our lives. Our leaders aren’t immune. We have to stop treating them like idols and more like faulty human beings. Becaue the only perfection that ever existed, died for us on a cross so that we wouldn’t be bound by our sins.