Pastors aren’t perfect. Far from it, in fact.
We’re flawed, broken, messed up sinners just like the rest of you.
All of us.
And that’s a terrifying thing. Not that we’re afraid to be open about our own struggles with sin. Okay, maybe we are. Sometimes.
It’s terrifying because we talk. A lot. In fact, that’s one of the things we get paid to do. Every week you sit and listen to us expound the Word of God. Using words. A lot of them.
And every now and then (perhaps more often than not) we say things we shouldn’t. Or we say things we don’t mean. Or we say the right things in the wrong way. You get the point.
Allow me to illustrate.
Last Sunday I preached a sermon on Creation, the first sermon in a 18-week series on the storyline of Scripture. And I said something that wasn’t true.
I was talking about the brokenness of the world and I said something along these lines: “The brokenness of this world was never God’s perfect plan.” Just to be clear, that’s wrong. The brokenness was always a part of God’s plan because redemption was always a part of His plan too (Revelation 13:8; Ephesians 1:3-10).
Now nobody got in my face and pointed their finger at me, exposing my error. The Holy Spirit exposed it to me as I reflected on the sermon later in the day.
To be honest, I’m not even sure what I was trying to say when I said it was never “God’s perfect plan.” Such is the lot for those who try to preach without a fully prepared script. In the heat of the moment we sometimes say things we didn’t plan to say.
So what should a pastor do when he says something in the pulpit he shouldn’t? Admit it. Own it. Correct it. Then (with God’s help) move on.
So for all of you who listened to the aforementioned sermon: I’m sorry for the error. Please accept me humble correction above. And please pray more fervently for me that God will continue His loving work of rescuing me from me.