Where are all the pastors?
I read a post from someone who has been very active in commenting on all that is going on in the current political climate that asked, “Where are all the pastors?” That was his entire post. I don’t know what he was expecting from the pastors. What was he wanting them to say? I decided to take his question at face value and answer it.
Where are all the pastors? We are still here. We have not left. We are not in hiding. We are where we have always been. Right here ready to minister to people.
We are talking to people who are hurting and trying to help them work through their pain just like we have always done.
We are reminding people that God loves them and that Jesus died for them and that He wants to have a relationship with them.
We are praying with people.
We are reminding people of the hope they have in Jesus Christ.
We are going to the hospitals (when we are allowed in) and ministering to those who are sick.
We are sitting with families who have lost a loved one and doing our best to offer some comfort in their time of grief.
We are answering phone calls, texts, and emails from people who are in crisis.
We are helping people with their marriages.
We are working with young parents as they are trying to figure out this new adventure they have embarked upon as they are raising their children.
We are ministering to grown children as they are trying to find the best way they can care for their aging parents.
We offer support and help to those dealing with addiction and to their families.
We are walking alongside grandparents as they are helping to raise their grandchildren.
We are preaching on Sundays and pointing people to the God who loves them and to Christ who is their salvation.
We are teaching Bible studies and leading Life Groups to help people grow in their faith.
We are discipling people.
We are baptizing new believers.
We are leading the church in ministering to those in need in our communities.
We are growing and caring for ourselves so we can best care for the people that God places before us.
We are working through our own struggles and doing our best to focus on Christ who is our only Hope and our only source of true Peace.
We are loving our families and being loved by them.
In essence we are continuing to fulfill:
The Great Commission: 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. – Matthew 28:19-20
And the Great Commandment: 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39
So, you see, nothing has changed. We are here doing what we have always done – following the calling God has placed on our lives and working hard to be faithful to Him. And that is what we will continue to do.