Selective Patience . . .
Why is it that some pastors are so impatient with their church body, yet so patient with members of their own congregation? Here’s what I mean. I sometimes take a look at the parish statistics of some of those making the most strident demands for discipline in the Synod, and I notice that often the greater majority of the members in these pastors’ congregations are unfaithful in regular worship attendance. Apparently, therefore, these pastors are very patient in their dealings with the people in their congregation who are regularly sinning against the Third Commandment, and this has been the case for many years in their own congregation. Why then do they demand quick action from others in other situations beyond their congregation? It gives one furiously to think, no?
The situation reminds me of what Dr. Hermann Sasse said years ago. I think we forget this, to our detriment.
“The sect cannot wait, for it must have everything at once, for it has no future. The church can wait, for it does have a future. We Lutherans should think of that.” – Hermann Sasse