“when we are so critical of the church we need look no further than ourselves for the solution of what is wrong with the church” (Carolyn)
Nice in theory and I would normally agree with it (and partially do – we need to be the change we want to see). However, in the case of the church it’s dictatorship, which i am going to call the ‘Jesus syndrome’. In that most Evangelical leaders, and Catholic leaders, take the role of a Jesus (or Moses) figure to their congregation. In this sense, their teachings become untouchable and unchangeable until they are removed as the problem blocking change. They play leader in the new gospel story (theirs) – played out in each church.
“Our pastors could be a whole lot healthier spiritually if we would pray for them” (Carolyn)
They won’t be (better off) because even at their most humble – their position doesn’t allow them to change. I can see some of the pastor conundrum, not only do they let the power get to their ‘ego’s’ but the parishioners allow it and want it (IE: a sense of security and safety in that leader). The problem isn’t we can pray for them, but to what end…isn’t some of our hopes in that they are stable and do not change?