Stained Glass Fortresses

Isaiah 56:10-12 (TLB)

Come, wild animals of the field; come, tear apart the sheep; come, wild animals of the forest, devour my people. For the leaders of my people—the Lord’s watchmen, his shepherds—are all blind to every danger. They are featherbrained and give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie there, love to sleep, to dream. And they are as greedy as dogs, never satisfied; they are stupid shepherds who only look after their own interest, each trying to get as much as he can for himself from every possible source.“Come,” they say. “We’ll get some wine and have a party; let’s all get drunk. This is really living; let it go on and on, and tomorrow will be even better!”

To the shepherds who claim righteousness but don’t help all people unless they fit into their narrow and biased criteria, woe be unto you.

Your selective adherence to christian charity has been twisted beyond the recognition of honest men, or reasonable help for the truly destitute.

Those shepherds who swear they see the needs of all the people and the problems that are destroying countless lives, have turned away and instead follow the easy street to the wide gate.

They are deceivers ever.

As each day of their spoken lies pass, are they panged with guilt or reminded of their sworn duty?

Is there any recognition of the torment suffered by the voiceless they vainly soothe each week from exalted podiums?

With their meritorious speeches they congratulate themselves for their theological brilliance while the faceless perish without even a thought.

Their ears are dull and their hearts calloused, forgetting the call to the least of these they instead placate the influential, rich and powerful.

You, oh Shepard of the most high, remain ensconced in the shadows of your stained glass fortress, safe within its walls!

Are you waiting for the broken to crawl on their hands and knees to your gates in sackcloth and ashes?

When was the last time you washed the feet of a sinner in humility?

Corrupt pastors continue to demand payment for the priceless gift of grace, which your Father in heaven dispenses freely and without prejudice.

As you continue to stand as a priest before the people, remember that you have promised to pour yourself out as Jesus so beautifully demonstrated in holy and selfless sacrifice with his own life.

Is your calling fulfilled? Have you, in the years that have transpired grown comfortable and lazy in your place, pridefully exalted by the praise of fickle men?

Take rest in the fact that those you’ve abandoned are not your judges, however, I remind you that God will not be so merciful to shepherds who selectively execute their holy calling.






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