Sermon preached July 6, 2014
First Congregational UCC, Waukegan IL
When I was a child, going to Sunday School and church in the Evangelical Free Church, we had a pastor who was the example to which we aspired. We couldn't imagine him doing anything wrong, or being sad, or angry.
And we felt we were expected to reach that level of perfection - to grow into happy, even-tempered people who could resist temptation. I don't know about you, but I've never reached that level of perfection.
There are a few movies out there about pastors. Movies like "Leap of Faith" and "The Apostle" reveal that clergy also have feet of clay.
It's easy to knock the apostle, or the priest, or the pastor. It's easy to pick out the places where a spiritual leader does not live up to the ideal. And, too often, for fear of criticism, spiritual leaders will present a façade of perfection.
It's a lot of work.