Pastors Who Fight & Weep

shepherd-and-sheepThere are lots of pastors who complain about the church, exploit the church, mislead the church, or betray the church, but few who do what Samuel Miller called his young seminarians to do at their graduation:

Make sure, that, if the church be corrupted with error, agitated by controversy, or torn by schism, the sin shall not lie at your door.

If her walls be broken down by folly or wickedness, see that you be found at the break, fighting and praying for her restoration.

And if ever a time should come in which you can do nothing more, at least be found weeping between the porch and the altar saying, “Spare thy people, O Lord, bless thy heritage, save them and lift them up for ever!”

But, if you are faithful, my young friends, such a time will never come. (Taken from Princeton & the Christian Ministry, Vol. I, p. 524).

Father, supply your churches with faithful men; ready to fight and pray and weep for your people. Give us shepherds like Jesus, our Great Shepherd.

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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