Love motivated Jesus to challenge the rich young ruler. Love— not for himself, his comfort, or his reputation— but love for the other moved Him to risk offense.

I assert that it, too, is love that motivates pastors to retreat from challenging, offending, and opposing the mediocrity your parishioners hold as true. By mediocrity I mean those who merely attend church services, and perhaps belong to Christian organizations, but are not personally experiencing life transformation, or sacrificing much of anything that would put their personal comfort at risk.
Trouble is, it is not love for them that keeps you from goring their sacred cows of compromise.
You don’t want the push back. You say to yourself, there’s no point in stirring up a hornet’s nest. You’re already on thin ice with several stakeholders in the church. No need to rock the boat. You’re already tired enough. Besides, they’ve made you pay when your preaching got too personal a while back.

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at

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