–If you feel led to take a public stand, I suggest you call your mentors for counsel. Don’t do this without sound advice from two or three or four godly and mature persons who are veterans in the Lord’s work. You will still decide for yourself how God is leading, but you need their viewpoints.
–Ask yourself whether this matter is worth jeopardizing your ministry in this church and losing your influence with those who disagree.
–Personally, I’d be asking myself this: Would I rather lead a 9-year-old kid to faith in Christ and baptize him next Sunday or to be championed as a courageous prophet for speaking out on a divisive issue? Your answer will tell a lot.
–If after considering all the angles, reading up on all the issues, hearing all the advice, and spending sufficient time in prayer, you do take a stand, pack your bags. There is every chance you will pay the ultimate price for standing up on that issue. And if it happens, do not gripe or complain or place blame. You knew going in that some are irrational and the cost could be high.
“He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
There are so many reasons to pray for pastors.
So very many.
This article was written by Joe McKeever and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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