Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Kevin Shrum

It is a Tuesday morning after a Monday night Deacons meeting. Auuuuug! Once again, at least at the church I pastor, some of the deacons operate with the philosophy that staff members are guilty until proven innocent, rather than innocent until proven guilty. What joy! What a way to live, knowing that there’s a bulls eye on your back all the time – you’re the target! What this means is that any decision, any proposal, any action is viewed with suspicion.

I understand now why Paul spent an inordinate amount of time defending his own apostleship against false accusation. Just read his letters and from time to time you will see him digressing into a personal defense of his ministry. So, I suppose if Paul had to defend himself against false accusation I shouldn’t be surprised if I have to, as well.

Those who operate with this philosophy – guilty until proven innocent – are the worst offenders. Where are they when it comes time for evangelism training, mission outreach, and general ministry in the church? Where are they when positive resolutions and/or problem solutions are needed? They are critics, white-washed tombs filled with dead men’s bones. Such men will go out of their way to make other people one of their own, but will not love the brethren with a heartfelt love.

My heart is clean, my conscience is clear and my motives are pure. Let God be judge!

1 comment:

Uncle Jeff said...

Amen, RevKev!
I don't want to fall into the trap of seeing all deacons as something to be avoided, but there are some who need to come to Jesus. And they know who they are...and (many times) we, as pastors, know who they are...

God Bless, brother. Jeff