I get really ticked at people who think they can do whatever they want because they are in a position of authority.
One of the big problems we have in the world is that some people think that they are ‘above the rules’ by which everyone else has to live.
We see it in churches, politics, government, and the corporate world… it is the “do as I SAY, not as I DO” scenario. How in the world do we… in positions of authority… expect to gain the trust, respect, and support of those we live with, work with, or serve, without being a ‘good example’.
We’ve lost the essential quality of ‘setting a good example’. We are always in the business of making exceptions, cutting corners, or slipping around the rules on a ‘technicality’. It’s got to stop. Integrity begins with ensuring that our actions follow our words.
This was the edginess of the new Christian church back in the day… Paul, before his accusers in Acts 23 (verses 2 & 3):
Then the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near him to strike him on the mouth. At this Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting there to judge me according to the law, and yet in violation of the law you order me to be struck?”
Paul calls this prominent religious leader of the day to account for his ‘less-than-good example’. And, it has been a cornerstone of the church ever since, to insist on ‘setting a good example’.
Many churches… like many authority figures… have forgotten the importance of this.
But, at Barnegat Anew, we haven’t.
Hopefully, you haven’t either.