Cowards and liars


Perhaps the most disturbing kind of people I encounter are the ones who will not handle confrontation properly. I am baffled by people who will not even return a phone call to discuss an issue or resolve a problem. Some will go to extremes to avoid facing difficult situations even if it is just normal business. Recently I was working on a real estate offer and it took multiple attempts to find out the offer was not accepted. Instead of contacting me the agent seemed uncomfortable delivering bad news. On a regular basis I see the effects of a cowardly society that brazenly attack adversaries on social media without the backbone to have an intelligent face to face conversation with people of differing opinions. It is common to hear lies about trivial matters because the truth is uncomfortable. The heart breaking reality is few people really embrace truth. There is so much deception within the marketplace that it is impossible to conduct business on a hand shake and a persons word. There are more than a few in a position of authority that are more concerned with keeping their status than they are about performing their duties.

Then there are those that are too cowardly to accept responsibility for their own actions. Police are often blamed for everything from a speeding ticket to a DUI. I have heard people say “other drivers were going faster” and “I wasn’t that drunk.” Bosses are blamed when a person loses their job. Spouses that leave a marriage for some other momentary relationship, when confronted, invariably blames the faithful spouse in some way. This is usually after lying about the situation. I am deeply disgusted to hear people justify their sexual sins with statements like “monogamy is an outdated idea” or “what I am doing is a natural expression of who I am.” The truth is those who embrace worldly thinking have a lack of self-control and discipline. To ease their own conscience people will embrace what ever lie conforms to their own desires. That is a cowardly way to avoid facing truth!

This all would be easier to accept if it were only blind, unbelieving, people who claim no affiliation to Christ. The fact is the church has its own share of cowards and liars. Some church leaders will embrace whatever philosophy fills seats in the sanctuary. Some are too afraid to speak real truth for fear of losing a paycheck. It is an unfortunate by-product of living in a sin filled world. However we have been given both a directive and Godly leadership to overcome the influence of the world.

The directive is personal to every believer and is found in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. This requires an inner strength to be honest with your own short comings. No person has this in themselves, it requires Jesus transforming power.

Church leadership has been established by God to be servants to all who will follow Christ. Ephesians 4:11-15  And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
Speaking truth in love requires more than bravado, it requires a compassion for others and patience beyond human comprehension. It is sad that the minority of church leaders who are cowardly liars are the focus of attention. There are many leaders in the church today that fit the biblical model, in fact too many to be counted. I have a deep gratitude for the men and women who serve faithfully in the Christian church and speak truth in love even when it is uncomfortable.
Rev. Burt Schwab
 

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. I serve as an assisting pastor of a unique small church. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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