You’ve heard me say it, “Shepherding with COVID is different.” Kevin DeYoung wrote on his blog about the challenges pastors face at this time. It was just what I needed. You as a congregation have been fantastic. Again, I thank you for your love and cooperation.
There’s a lot on a pastor’s plate these days. Medical “experts” can be cited pro or against mask wearing. Some feel this pandemic is blown out of proportion. Others are fearful it could kill them. People are calling for “social justice” and if you don’t believe that narrative you’re called a racist. On top of this throw in a volatile presidential election. Kevin writes, “What’s a pastor to do?”
He continues, “If few pastors have the time or calling to speak into the pressing cultural issues of our day with courageous grace and winsome truth, go for it. We will arise and call you blessed. But most pastors are not short on things they need to do … [so] don’t neglect what the Bible says about good shepherds: feed, guide, protect and preserve.” In all this chaos I can’t lose sight of what God has called me to do. What is that? Preaching, caring for others and being faithful in the mundane messiness of church life. Everything might be changing and yet nothing has really changed. “God is still God. Sin is still the problem. The cross is still the answer. Jesus is mighty to save. The world is broken, but what is new about that?” Please pray for me to be faithful during these days. Let us pray for each other to be fruitful in these troubling times.