So you come to church on a Sunday morning.
It is time for the message and the pastor stands up and says,
“Good morning. Today is going to be a little different. I don’t have a message or sermon prepared, but I thought maybe I could just talk to you about some things that have been troubling me.
For the last two or three years, I have begin to doubt many of the things I once believed. It’s not been so hard to hide these things from you. Since most of the messages I preach have to do with how to be a better friend, or how to serve others, or how to have a stronger marriage, or how to deal with difficulties… it’s actually been pretty easy to avoid some of the things that trouble me most.
I stand up here each and every week and feel very inadequate to be your pastor. I love you as my friends and my community, but I have found myself doubting almost everything that we have written in our church’s statement of beliefs. And I have been afraid of saying this because being a pastor is all I have ever known. It’s what I love to do. And even if I don’t believe some of these things, I want to believe them. But wanting to believe doesn’t help me to actually believe. However, my desire for knowing the truth remains the same.
I am still the same man I was yesterday… well, except for one thing. I am finally being honest about some of the things going on in my head and heart. I certainly understand that you may not want me to be your pastor any longer. But what I am hoping is that I can stick around and we can discover these truths together.”
What do you do??
What should the church do??