A Christian pastor, to be qualified, must be “temperate.” A previous post argued that the word translated temperate does not merely rule out excessive use of alcohol (another qualification, “not given to wine” focuses more on this narrow issue) but really rules out spirit of self-indulgent excess in any area.
Here are some things to watch out for:
- Food. That’s right, some preachers aren’t known for temperance in this area. And it’s a shame.
- Alcohol. Sure, I argued this was not the only application in view with this word, but it is an important one.
- Social media. This is an area where many today have fallen into excess–and are the worse for it.
- Hobbies gone out of control. There is definitely a place for hobbies! But if a pastor becomes more known for his interest in baseball cards, football team allegiances, or trout fishing than he is is known for his passion for the Word and for his people, we have serious issues.
- Work. God gives his beloved sleep–and families (read Psalm 127). If you are missing out on these things maybe it is because you are acting like building the house or keeping the city depends on you alone. News flash–it doesn’t.
These are just a few for starters. What else do you think should go on this list? Leave me a comment and let me know.