When the Trustworthy Are Not (feat. Steve Buckley)
In this week's episode of Into the Pray, we talk again with friend and compadre, Steve Buckley. Everything we say is with David's prayer of Psalm 139 firmly in mind.
- What do we do, and how do we prayerfully process, when other believers whom we have trusted prove themselves not to be trustworthy?
- What of misdemeanours and cover-ups? What of organisational complicity?
- What of the spirit of gentleness (Galatians 6:1) articulating with the Spirit's fiery yearning inside (James 4:5)?
- What do we then say when those we have considered worthy of trust are proven not to be? What we say is important.
Beware! This issue of trust is far from cliche: Aquila and Priscilla trusted Paul enough to relocate both their livelihood and their very personal home..their oikos.
Regardless of what an organisation's digital influence or presence may be, it is foolish to even consider this kind of life upheaval without proven, demonstrable integrity and trust. The leading of the Spirit will always have this front and centre.
We are calling for a new ecclesiology and therefore a new (but ancient) level of integrity; there can be no comprise. Let's sow the seeds and watch them grow under His hand.
We will be picking back up with our next teaching session in 1 Corinthians very soon, but stay tuned for our episode next week for more conversation on this important element of trust within our work as reformers...we didn't quite manage to get to it all!
Until next week: come, Lord Jesus!