Pastor, I love you. I love what you do when you’re faithful to Christ. I love your commitment to the Word. I love your self-sacrifice and willingness to go the extra mile. And, if I know your name, I pray for you as often as it comes to mind. So please hear this as an earnest plea from a brother who’s been in this calling for more years that he cares to admit.
Pastor, consider Who you represent before you post! “You are not your own. You were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” (1 Cor 6:19b-20). Like it or not, we who serve as pastors never get to stop being pastors or representing Christ. When we post something on Facebook or tweet on Twitter, many of those who read us still associate us with the One we proclaimed on Sunday. We may see a difference between our half-baked political opinions, snide remarks and casual criticisms of those with whom we disagree, and what we said on Sunday. But most of our readers will not. We are in a unique and sacred position. That gives us a unique and sacred responsibility.
As a result, we can all too easily dishonor Christ. Pastor, think before you post. Think about how, what you say today could confuse your non-Christian neighbor into believing that Christianity really is little more than a shell for your favorite political movement or social action cause. Think how your young Christian followers will be emboldened to post in the same vein, only with much less discernment. Consider how easy it will be for you, since you’re good with words, to win an argument over some minor issue, yet lose the opportunity to ever speak meaningfully about Christ and His Gospel of grace again.
Oh, dear Brothers, guard your pastoral integrity. Think before you post. You always represent Jesus to someone.
With love from someone who appreciates so much that you do,
Pastor S. Scott Lee