Thought #1: This is not the Hennessy that produces alcohol. So, none of that 'sure, he believes in ethics, but he sells liquor to the poor' complaints.
Thought #2: Why do we pastors not get this? When we are closed off and secretive, the church gets that way.
Thought #3: Businesses and churches: this includes a level of openness. It requires sharing enough information to be credible in your ethics claims. People will not 'just trust you.' You've got to show enough that they can see it.
Proverbs 29:12(NLT) ->You are known by the company you keep.
Proverbs 29:16(NLT) ->See it, not force it. [not force it via revolt, but you darn sure should vote against the wicked.]
Proverbs 29:18(NLT) ->The wildness of ignoring the Lord isn't the same as happiness.
Proverbs 29:25(NLT) ->Don't be trapped.
Proverbs 29:27(NLT) ->That's why we don't mix well.
1 Samuel 14:27 ->A little refreshing can brighten our eyes to accomplish the task.
1 Timothy 5:1-2 ->These verses cut against the grain of many "pastoral authority" behaviors. We are to rebuke, but not sharply. Instead, we must take care to appeal to the family of faith, respecting each person. Not wishy-washy, but respectful. It is possible.
Lord God, today requires me to depend on You. Every day requires that, but many days I don't really try. Help me to remember that today.