By Pastor Mark Lee
Last year, the public disgrace of an outspoken reality television star made national headlines. Not surprisingly, the media was quick to point out the conflict between this individual’s grievous wrongdoing and his frequently-professed Christianity. Soon, it seemed as if everyone was talking about this man of faith and his fall from grace. For many, his actions were both disappointing and discouraging.
Unfortunately, it is not unusual to learn about the transgressions of Christians. After all, a faith in Christ does not make you immune to the temptations of the flesh. Whether it is the misconduct of a public figure or the hurt inflicted by a Christian friend, the sins and mistakes of believers can seem like betrayal.
In reality, even the most virtuous of people disappoint others at some point during their spiritual walk. It may not be because of some horrible offense, but simply because expectations were not met. The problem is that people often reject or turn away from Christ because they feel as if they have been let down by Christians.
When you put your faith in friends, family, or even the church, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. At some point, you will find yourself frustrated or disillusioned by each person you know. It is important to remember, however, that there will be moments when others are disappointed by you. The key is to not allow ourselves to be swayed by the disappointment.
When we can look beyond the failures of men and remain focused on God, our faith becomes stronger and more mature. Psalms 118:8 says, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” People fail. It is inevitable. God, however, never fails.
VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.