- 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (NKJV) A bishop then must be blameless…
Wow! I’ve just discovered that I’m not qualified to be a bishop for I am certainly not blameless. Of course, I don’t feel too bad—neither was Paul. Paul admits this (Romans 7) but sets the bar high anyway. Why?
A surgeon telling a grieving family that he did his best though he lost his patient (their family member) is not good enough.
A couple telling their young child that mommy and daddy no longer love each other and are going to get a divorce but that they still love the child is not good enough.
A political leader convicted of taking bribes and abusing power telling her constituents that she still did a lot of good for them is not good enough.
There are just some things in life so important that the bar must be set at “blameless.”
There are some roles you have in life where you have to be “on” all the time. You don’t have the choice of picking and choosing your spots: lives are at stake, your Christian witness is at stake; your eternal soul is at stake; the honor and glory of God is at stake—you can’t afford to blow it.
Not making the perfect cup of coffee every time is not the end of the world. Failing to floss everyday is a no-no but the Feds won’t come looking for you. There are dozens of other examples that I could give where absolute blamelessness is not the standard; but don’t let those things drown out the important issues of life where excuses are not good enough.
Having said that, let’s admit it—we’re not blameless. We want to be and try to be, but in the end surgeons do lose patients and couples do try hard but just can’t work through their issues and leaders—even well-meaning leaders sometimes give into temptations.
At the end of the day, our only hope of blamelessness is the blamelessness of Jesus Christ credited to our account. (By grace are you saved…)
Remember that when you’re tempted to be hard on people who miss the mark, and remember that when you miss the mark…for you most certainly will.