Pain, whether internal or external creates a level of discomfort sometimes difficult to describe. There are moments in life when it is easier to walk away from tough situations rather than face them head on. Yet, we know that the path to righteousness is never easy. Righteousness, the word that simply slipped to the tips of my fingers, often gets a bad rap, specifically when used out of context.
Webster’s dictionary describes righteousness as “the quality of being morally right or justifiable.” Synonyms include goodness, virtue, worthiness, integrity, decency, and more.
As leaders of the church, is it too much to be righteous when people who do not believe in God are exposed to the goodness that God bring us? If in Christian leadership, if we become evasive of what our communities need, because we don’t want to step on anyone’s toes…how is that truly serving God?
Proverbs 11:14 tells us “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”
How can we better counsel to the people we serve? How can we build resilience to move forward from criticism so these very reproaches do not become destructive? Critical dragons exist in every organization, but can be a little less to soothe in churches, especially when they are elders or board members of our organizations.
As followers of Christ, we are royalty. Being a member of God’s monarchy does not mean that our congregation should bow at our feet. Instead it is the opposite! We are servants of God, which means we must hold our head up high, and not be distracted by naysayers, trouble makers, or unbelievers who have not truly experienced the sweet essence of Christ.
Owning our status as royalty of God’s Kingdom means that we have been chosen by the Father to do this work, no matter how difficult, at times. Though we stumble, we must be steadfast, and never sway. What a privilege to have been chosen by God to do this good work… His goodness reminds us each day of why we must consistently rely on HIM for counsel.
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver
Founder & President of CharlotteO Ministries