13 Nov Failure Is Not an Option
Every…single…moral failing in the Church has nothing to do with the Church. People fail. Families fail. Nations fail. The world is fallen and failing. The Church does not fail; it cannot fail.
A relatively famous Christian comedian suffered a moral failing recently. John Crist has gotten quite successful in the last few years speaking on church issues, offering his humorous takes on some of our eccentricities. He tours the country and speaks in megachurch venues; he was in Valdosta at CrossPointe Church earlier this year. His popularity has increased to such a level that he even had an upcoming Netflix special. That special and the rest of his current tour have been put on hold.
Multiple women have come out to accuse Crist of inappropriate sexual behavior. Crist released a statement describing his sexual addiction and professional help he has leaned on for years. He did not admit to illegal behavior, but he did mention violating trusts and not obeying Jesus and Christian beliefs on behavior. He was contrite in his statement and is seeking forgiveness.
Celebrities violating trusts and inappropriate sexual behavior is nothing new…nor is this sad reality absent from the church. It is so sad when people use their power to hurt others, and victims continue to suffer long after the violations occurred. The reaction of some people to this failing is what troubles me most and exposes a significant problem with our understanding of God.
One of the alleged victims said she lost her faith because of Crist. She said, Crist was able to speak truth into the lives of many Christians with his takes on culture, faith, and church people. The mistake is thinking John Crist was the one doing the truth-speaking.
I heard a great take by Glenn Beck when I ended Friday’s “Scott James Show.” Beck provided his take on the Crist story (which also let me know how big the story had gotten). Beck suggested that what Crist has done has nothing to do with the truth that was spoken into those lives. He adeptly pointed out that the Holy Spirit was the One who spoke truth to them. It is always the Holy Spirit who reveals truth to us. It was never Crist.
Human beings are fallen creatures. We fail…all the time. God does not fail. The truth we speak comes from God. The Apostle James says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). God does not fail and neither does the Church.
Jesus said we will stand against the gates of Hades (Matthew 16:18). The Church will not and cannot fail. Take confidence today: God is speaking truth into your life in every…single…moment we have. God has a good word for us, and we cannot fail when we rely on Jesus.
I hope you have a great day, and I hope to see you on Sunday as we talk about the Sacred Enneagram “Type Four: The Romantic” and our movement from lament to joy.
Blessings to you,