A poetic commentary on scandal…

 

preacher_by_AllJeff

These words by James Watkins summarize many of my feelings about the various Christian leadership scandals, but many others in our church universal where individuals are set up for temptation and failure by a system which isolates and flatters them. The church is supposed to be a body–a family–a place of intimacy and accountability. The way that we often do church makes it more like a free market corporation or something like that …. pedestals

Thousands

 

cheer,

chant,

and clap

as one of their own

is proudly carried toward the

lofty pedestal.


The audience

 

urges him

up the stairway,

step by step,

higher and higher,

far above the masses

on the prominent platform.


The media is there

 

with lights,

cameras

and prime-time coverage.


Publishers huddle

 

around the base,

for they know

pedestal-people

sell well.


The crowds

 

on satellite hook-ups

hang on

every last word,

for he seems

so close to eternity.


Yet he feels

 

unsure,

unworthy,

afraid

and very alone . . .


But at that height

 

no one notices,

no one questions,

no one confronts.


And so,

 

in a split second,

the trap door swings,

the noose tightens,

the crowd gasps.


Undeterred, the mob moves on

 

to build more pedestals;

to encourage another

of their own

up the starlit steps.


But mostly

 

to wonder

why those

at the pinnacle

keep falling

from the heights.


© 1988 James N. Watkins

 

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