We all knew it was coming. Eventually, our friend Billy would die. He wasn’t perfect, but to some of us, he represented as close as it gets without having nail-scarred hands and a thorn-marked forehead. Still, even though we were expecting it, Billy’s death filled us with a mixture of sadness and joy when it happened. We are sad because our role model had left us but joyful because he had been made whole. But I found myself having another emotion, inspiration.
Suddenly I saw it, “David Platt to leave position as IMB president.” As I read the headline and the subsequent article, we were all shocked by the news of one more major stir-up in the IMB. But ultimately, before we went to bed, we collectively agreed that the core of what we do and who we are would not change. We are still called to take the Gospel to the nations.
Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, caring for vulnerable people, breaking the chains of slavery and addiction, all of these are mainstays of the modern-day revolutionary.
Most Christians have personally experienced the destruction that Moral failure from our Christian leaders has on a church or ministry. Unfortunately, we don’t often consider how it affects the expansion of the Gospel among the nations.