"If they desire his help..."
(Tim, w/thanks to my Mary Lee) The July 18, 2009 issue of World ran an article about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's confession of adultery. The article is worth reading, especially if you're a frequent traveler, rich, or influential. Wealth is deceitful and pride goes before the fall.
Three statements stuck out to me.
First, why am I not surprised that YWAM's Virginia rep knew nothing about YWAM's ownership of the Fellowship's $1.8 million C Street home, and that when World asked them for clarification, the Fellowship declined to respond?
Second, the article admits it's common for politicians to have no church home or to skip church. This is increasingly true of missionaries, also, so here at Church of the Good Shepherd we've begun to implement standards with the missionaries our church supports. They must be a part of a local church, where they work, as well as hold permanent membership in an evangelical Bible-believing church that they and the church recognize as their home church.
Third, to the degree that Gov. Mark Sanford had a church, he claimed it was an evangelical congregation called Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He sometimes attended an Episcopal congregation when he was working in the capital, but Seacoast is his home church.
So, when Gov. Sanford publicly confessed to adultery, how did his Seacoast pastor respond?
precisely what World reports:
Greg Surrratt, the Mount Pleasant minister who Sanford considers his pastor, says his congregation is "heartbroken" over Sanford's fall, but declined to discuss whether he had known about the governor's infidelity before his press conference. Surratt said he will help the Sanfords if they desire his help.
"If they desire his help?" Is this the new standard for pastoral care in the evangelical church? We offer help and wait to see if it's wanted? It's called hands-off pastoral care--we aim to please. Secoast Church has 10,000 members, by the way.