We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine.
After reading both articles, I'm left wondering: Does ministry fuel addictive behaviors or are people with serious problems drawn to the ministry -- and are even successful?The mention of preachers who were "bad-boys" got me wondering about this. The CT article description made me think pornography was a symptom, not the cause of this guy's problems.
that was actually part of the conversation i had this week rob. i wonder if early co-dependency is sometimes mistaken for the 'call of god' - not always, not every time - but i have seen so much addiction in ministry (even if it's 'only' socially acceptable addiction like workaholism or risk-taking). people so desperate to please or fill an emptiness within themselves that only the vast black hole of emotional need that the church is could fill such junkies.i know it's been true for liam and i. ministering from health and wholeness looks so very different than what we've done for the past 20 years.and YES pornography is only a symptom - it's not the root at all in these situations. i am excited though that they are at least starting to crack the door of the churches to finally admit these things.
J. Michael Straczynski, the TV writer who created "Babylon 5" has a story about the end of his faith. He was involved with a religious group, and there was...inappropriate activity. He attempted to report this and was thrown out of the group. The love of his life chose the group over him.It's amazing how the damage radiates out.
i'm not familiar with him, or really even the show, but yes, when people mess with our faith the damage is great indeed.
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