Moral High Ground Eroding Rapidly

Florida Megachurch Pastor Resigns For “Moral Failing”

Christian School Teacher Accused Of Sex With 14-Year-Old Student

From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.Luke 12:48

Both these events occurred this week in Florida. After the teacher’s arrest the judge ordered him held without bond for, what the judge called, “the abuse of a position of trust and authority.”

In the pastor’s case, at least he resigned before anyone discovered his failing and made a public circus and social media firestorm of his moral failing as pastor of a 20,000 member Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale megachurch.

It’s easy to shake our heads and judge fallen pastors and other men and women in highly visible positions of trust and authority. It’s easy to blame Jezebel or Hollywood, or our fallen, sinful, if-it-feels-good-do-it culture.

It’s not so easy, however, to hold up a mirror and ask ourselves if our moral ground is solid. It’s not easy to examine our own hearts, or to see the plank in our own eye. But when we hear or read about moral failings of our leaders, the first place we need to look is inward.

We’ll never know what motivates pastors, priests or public officials to abuse the privileges of leadership they hold. But we know Who can keep us from sliding down the same muddy slope.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24 NASB

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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2 Responses to Moral High Ground Eroding Rapidly

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Praise God I belong to Jesus – He is my Keeper, His Word the lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. No one can stand in the right without Jesus Christ in his/her life.
    There but for the grace and mercy of God go I.

    Blessings to you Steven

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