On the Destructive Illusion of Perfection in the Christian Life: A Poem

My brethren

We must strive in seminary to

Slay

The demonic persuasion of

Perfection

Too many “graduate”

Still under the guise that

ministry

Is about their perfect lives,

not the Perfect’s

slaughter on a cross.

The pulpit is a platform

for stardom rather than a

sacrificial field for

shepherding.

Satan wants disciples

to ignore their own

Darkness

And imitate he who

masquerades as an

Angel of light.

X marks this spot

where ministry dies.

My brethren, flee.

From coveting that

position 

From frustration that congregants are

still

sinners

From bitterness at fame’s

Absence

Remember Him

Look at Him

Abide in Him

My brethren,

To be in ministry,

lights in this post-illuminated age

is to walk in satisfaction

amidst the screams of social media

Is to love the closest and farthest

as the world builds fences,

tolerant and intolerant

Is to stand on the

One Firm Foundation

Even when our idolatrous

Fail-safes

Fail

Abandon pride!

let the imperfection

of our lives be seen

that a watching world

might hear

perhaps understand:

Christianity does not place

the burden of perfection

on the flock but on the

Shepherd.

That the world might be

Stunned

By the love a holy God

has for

A wholly adulterous

people.

Even ministries with

flawless online presence

will rot to the core

and lead lambs astray

If not guided by the Word

If not empowered by the

Spirit

If not dependent on the

Father.

Grace flowing from

The blood-stained

throne

reverent adoration for the

King of kings

X marks the spot where

Ministry thrives.

Gospel transforms.

Seminary unites

rather than

divides.

 

 

 

 

 

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