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A Lament Over The Misconduct of Ministry Leaders


Shannon Stephens

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Shannon Stephens

Oh, God! How your anger burns
You hate evil

Why do the lives of the messengers of The Good News make bad news?

How can the preachers of light hide so much in the dark?

Oh, God! Spare me from that kind of pride
You hate pride

Please keep my heart soft 
And keep my self-view deflated

Don’t let me become a dirty dish with only the outside washed
Don’t let me get to the place where you would ‘give me up to the lusts of my heart’

Oh, God! You will not reject the contrite in heart
You love the broken-hearted 

I will cry out to you for forgiveness 
I will crawl back to you for grace

Your mercy will allow repeated repentance 
By your love you will carry me safely through

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Jonathan Rogers

Such a timely topic, @Shannon Stephens. As I read your psalm, I thought of the counseling principle, "Use 'I' statements." You move from "How can the preachers of light hide so much in the dark" to "Spare me from that kind of pride"—that is, from sin "out there" to sin "in here." I like that approach a lot.

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Hope Henchey

The humility and anger and desperation in this lament is wonderfully clear. It’s such a holy thing to cry out for the Lord to protect each of us from. I love how it’s soaked in scripture, too. 
“Don’t let me become a dirty dish with only the outside washed” is something I’ve been too prideful to pray for myself (“that was for the Pharisees, and I’m better than them!”) but in humility I need to ask God to guard me from hypocrisy, too. Loved this.

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Elizabeth Harwell
On 2/25/2021 at 10:16 PM, Shannon Stephens said:

Your mercy will allow repeated repentance 

Amen, and also, “please keep my heart soft”. Thank you for giving us words to pray. 

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