A Hole In The Head

  Well, it was bound to happen…Josiah got his first possible scar.  He was standing on his chair in the bathroom looking at his freshly brushed teeth in the mirror when he lost his balance and cracked his head on the corner of our bath tub.  Blood IMMEDIATELY began pouring all over his hair, down his neck, onto his back, and through his shirt.  Had I not grabbed a rag and put some pressure on the open wound, he would have been covered in blood!

 

Spiritually, there’s a lot to be learned from Josiah’s war wound:

 

  1. The head is one of the worst places to get wounded.  Pastors and church leaders walk around with a 24/7 target on them.  Satan knows that if he can strike the shepherd, the sheep will scatter.  We need to pray for extra protection on these men and women.  They can take a lot of crap, but once they get hurt, it REALLY cuts deep!
  2. When the head is wounded, the rest of the body feels the hurt.  Just as the blood from Josiah’s head naturally flowed to the lower parts of the body, so it is in the church.  When the pastor is hurting, he can’t lead, counsel, pray, serve, love, and defend as well as he used to.  I know of many churches that don’t help when the pastor is hurting.  They just continue to scream, “FEED ME!” and “TAKE CARE OF ME!!!”.  Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing (heck, maybe even BIBLICAL) if the body of Christ would run to the aid of their pastor when someone inflicts a wound on him?  What if they defended him as the Father of their faith and the protector of their souls?  NOW THAT WOULD BE A CHURCH!!!
  3. Wounds can heal with time and the proper care.  The doctor cleaned the wound, taking all of the junk out and getting down to the real cause of all the bleeding.  Sometimes with all of the false accusations, rumors, and confusion, we need to help our pastors work through all of the stuff that is clouding us from seeing the real cause of all of the pain.  Once we find it, let’s seal it up and give things time to heal.  Don’t keep taking him back to the same pain as before and don’t let others do it either!  Give God time to fully heal your pastor.  Time and the proper attention can make the leader of your church stronger, wiser, and healthier than ever before. 

 

So church, let’s guard the head…He’s watching out for you through the mandate of your heavenly Father!

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About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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2 Responses to A Hole In The Head

  1. Ben Maulis says:

    I stopped by your site today for the first time. Sorry to hear about Josiah. I prayed that he receive healing for that wound. I read your comments about pastors and I am not sure I understand. I have heard the same exhortation in my own local churches, but I wonder whether it is a logical conclusion from reasoning on the traditions of men, or whether it is based on sound doctrine.

    Without question, the scriptures exhort us to pray for one another. I would never try to assert that we ought not to pray for someone or care for them according to their needs. However, such an exhortation as this one assumes we accept the premise that the “pastor” and “church leaders” are distinguished by Satan and also ought to be distinguished by the church by an “extra” measure. You suggested that the pastor is the [local] church’s “father of their faith,” and “protector of their souls,” as well as their “head.”

    I know a number of people I’ve heard use those terms well enough to know they do not want to put themselves or other pastors in the place of our heavenly Father concerning whom Christ instructed his disciples that they are to call no man their father upon the earth. He said, “…all ye are brethren.” I also know that one could take a few scriptures to justify those terms being used in the right context.

    Paul seems to suggest himself as a father of the Corinthians in 1 Cor. 4:15. He is clearly not referring to natural paternity which it should be clear Christ’s commandment does not forbid acknowledging (Mark 7:10-12). He distinguishes the relationship to which he is referring from those who are mere “instructors” (paidagogos, or “child-supervisors”). He writes, “in Christ Jesus, I have begotten you through the gospel.” Paul distinguishes himself because he is the instrument by whom Christ begot the disciples to whom he was writing through the gospel. The reason he makes the distinction is to beseech those disciples to follow him (vs. 16). Specifically he instructs them to conduct their ways in Christ as he does. He writes elsewhere, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.”

    Now the question I have concerning this is: Can a person make the same claim as Paul is making merely because they hold the position of “pastor?” Are pastors getting hurt and wounded for the gospel’s sake, and for Christ, or are they getting wounded in the course of activities that would be better described as “child supervision?”

    I also considered the scripture that tells us that elders that rule well can be counted worthy of double honour (1 Ti. 5:17). That gives some credibility to the idea that pastors and leaders should be considered for “extra,” but it’s followed immediately by this charge:

    “I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” 1 Tim. 5:21

    James wrote, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

    Does “double honour” refer to preference and partiality, or does it refer to the fair and equitable wage for work done?

    I also considered the scripture that tells us, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17)

    There is no question that God has made rulers and authorities and he has commanded submission to them.

    “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good.” (Romans 13)

    We have also received an instruction to submit ourselves one to another. I would certainly not try to argue that we ought to be stiff-necked goats. But who are the rulers being written of here?

    “Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Matt. 20:25-27
    Using Paul as an example again, did he assert a claim to rule over the disciples, or did he claim to be an example for them to follow by which they could follow Christ who, “came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many?”

    Pastors and elders and bishops or overseers and deacons or ministers or whichever terms one has a preference for – they are all written to by Peter who exhorts them, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over [God’s] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”

    An example is not a head. I cannot see from the scriptures the justification for this perspective of ministers and elders in the church. The only purpose for such a perspective which I can see is the perpetuation of a preferred class of “clergy” and their distinction and claim on special status. It is this perspective of distinction that perpetuates the cries of “FEED ME!” and “TAKE CARE OF ME!!!” from the subjected.

    Such behavior from a flock is shameful. If the pastor is indeed their head, then he ought to be ashamed because he has no one to blame but himself. But God is the father of them that through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens, and also those who had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

    “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” from Hebrews 11

  2. Amanda Royer says:

    On this touchy subject, I would have to agree with the other guy. It ALMOST reads that you want your congregation to look to you as their Heavenly Father. Perhaps that wasn’t the intention, but the wording is a bit leaning toward a “perfect church” once you treat your pastor like he is your savior. Now, I don’t blame you ONE BIT for wanting your church to show you the same care/concern/love that you show them. And in some weird way, I guess it does make sense to always make sure the pastor is taken care of and happy because he IS the “head of the church”. (Btw: This line right here is the one that struck up the convo…..”What if they defended him as the Father of their faith and the protector of their souls? NOW THAT WOULD BE A CHURCH!!!” That WOULD be a church!!! NO DOUBT it would be, and our Father the “head” 😀
    All controversy aside, I am glad to hear that Josiah is ok. Poor little guy! Poor Mom and Dad too, worrying! :D! Been there! I have a similar story, mine is of Kelly and Aron playing in the living room….And here it goes:
    I left the kids in the living room playing long enough to roll the dishwasher to the sink, attach the thingy to the faucet, plug it in, add soap, turn the dial, and shut the door. As soon as I shut the door I heard a thump…I heard Kelly wimper and ran to her aid. She stood up, her eyes rolled back in her head, and she passed out…WOW! Talk about scary! I called 911, of course. Within less than a minute she was awake. (mind you, she has never done this before, so I genuinely thought she was dying/dead…or I thought she was not breathing anyway) The first responders/officer arrived in less than a minute and she was awake but groggy. At the hospital they said she got a concussion from falling on CARPETED FLOOR! Poor little thing! I wasn’t in the living room at the time so I really have no idea what happened, and Aron, my 6 y-o was too scared that he had killed Kelly to tell me what had happened. My goodness, poor little guy. It was a dramatic day, and haunted me at night for DAYS! I couldn’t sleep without seeing her eyes rolling in the back of her head. WOW! I felt like it was my fault because I wasn’t with her, but I was only doing my Motherly duties….House Cleaning, and preparing for dinner. Urgh. It still freaks me out to think about it, but honestly, accidents happen. She is perfectly fine and hasn’t had any issues with it since. (Oh later on, Aron informed me that she was walking backwards on the couch and fell off the side of it. Must have hit just right or something???? WHO KNOWS.) Well, I seriously don’t think she even remembers it because she came home that night from the ER and climbed right back up on that couch AGAIN!!!! Ahhhh!
    Take care, Amanda

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