How many Pastors really want to spend time with the strung out, drug addicted, or those with criminal histories? Many pastors, including my exPastor - have learned to say… “Somebody else should”. My exP used to say “I don’t want to go through other people’s junk”.
Maybe they think God will heal it - show them acceptance - without a loving person to model the example of Christ? If so then why did Christ model spending time with the men that society discarded?
Even more surprising - many pastors don’t want strong Christian men hanging around. Those guys who REALLY KNOW the bible and have shown strength in organizing a ministry are considered dangerous. These people are apparently a threat… I mean think of the horror… If they were kept around, and later got a bee in their bonnet, they might have enough leadership influence to drag half the people in the church away in what is called a church split.
The two people most likely to change the world are a strong believer who can lead men, or a forgiven criminal who GETS IT and wants to pass it on. What about one person who is both? WOW!
Now - if the modern church cannot cope with either, then I guess we get a milkfed, or geriatric and otherwise ineffective church. Apparently, this is the only kind of parishioner that most pastors can handle?
Please, somebody tell me there are places this is not true!