James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
Today while doing some housework, I listened to one of my favorite pastors on television (it wasn’t Pastor Hinn).
I was still piddling around the house when my show went off and popular television evangelist Benny Hinn came on.
I must be honest, although I offer no criticism for his ministry, I don’t listen to or watch him on television.
I’m intentionally careful how I phrase this statement because too many Christians judge, criticize and speak ill of one another. I’m at the point in my life that I will not bicker of our differences.
For me, as long as you believe Jesus is God and the Son that walked the earth in heavenly form and was crucified for the sins of the world and raised in bodily form from the dead – we’re cool. The rest is “academic” to me.
We may not agree on particulars, but we can still enjoy a burger regardless whether or not you believe in tongues or other disputable matters. I really don’t care about that stuff. But if you are an unbeliever, do know, I’m coming after ya with a big “E” for evangelism on my chest. However, if you’re a Christian, I will not attack you or ministry because you are my brother/sister in the end. Christians must get over that stuff.
Theologians defend the faith and I trust them to make statements and criticize other preachers based on their theological knowledge. Me, as an everyday parishioner, I leave that alone to keep my heart clear before God. I “vote with my remote” (or feet) when I know something doesn’t align with the word of God. Simple as that.
Anyway, I digress. Back to Benny Hinn.
Well, he began to announce his impending divorce in mind-blowing detail. I didn’t know Benny Hinn was divorcing, so I sat down to listen. He went on to say infidelity was not part of the failure. Nevertheless, I was jarred by what [he said] was. Basically, he admitted that he “traveled the world serving Jesus” while putting his family second to ministry. He said he always believed ministry took precedence over his family and hauntingly said during today’s telecast “I was wrong”. A lot of families will be saved by that.
PLEASE, DON’T READ TOO MUCH INTO THIS
My intention here is not to bring conviction on anyone in ministry, that is the job of the Holy Spirit. More importantly, I am not communicating any personal feelings about my personal life in this post. As you may know, I am married to a busy and productive pastor doing amazing things in my city. As he would say, “you betta hear me now” when I say I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT MY LIFE OR MY DEAR HUSBAND IN THIS POST. I simply want you to see what I saw and learned today from that broadcast and even hear your thoughts.
I digress again.
Hinn’s conversation brought me to tears because – whatever the truths are – he humbled himself in a most sincere and authentic way. Before the eyes of an entire world (literally), he spoke incredibly candidly about a very personal issue. He humbled himself to admit his mistakes so that others would not fall victim of the same.
He mentioned that tabloids are telling falsehoods and he wanted to set the record straight for the Christians that have invested in him over the years. He spoke highly of his wife and even alluded that he may be praying for God to turn the situation around. Who knows. Maybe God will.
Those who know me well, say I am quite discerning. I am and I believe with my entire heart that his intentions were noble. Even if he wasn’t, my job is to pray for him and offer the same grace gives me when I’m a mess. I’ll do that by keeping my comments to myself and my big mouth shut about this fellow Christian.
I wonder would I- could I- have done what he did. Many of us won’t even humble ourselves to apologize to a co-worker, child or spouse when we know we’ve wronged them. Or, even if we haven’t wronged them, there have are times when God commands us to simply make peace – regardless of what happened. Have you ever apologized for something you didn’t do in order to make peace and bring comfort to someone else? It’s tough, isn’t it?
An Example of God’s Humble Woman
Not along ago, someone I love very much called me in tears. She apologized for doing something. She never quite said what. In a humbly tear-ridden voice she said “God knows my heart and I’m sorry”. To this day, I don’t know what she had done or felt toward me. In reality, I don’t care. I love her so much and if she needed my support and forgiveness, my only responsibility was to let her know my sincere Christian devotion toward her and reassure her that nothing has changed between us. Her humility taught me so much about true Christian, pride-less living. I’ll forever respect her and esteem her as an example because of that phone call that day.
Again, please understand the purpose of this post. It is to challenge you and I to look past our own needs for esteem, praise, power and pride- oh yes, and our desire to “win” – to be obedient to the Holy Spirit.
Today, in my quiet time with the Lord, I was studying this scripture. It all makes sense today about what God is trying to teach me. We have nothing to prove to people and when our hearts are on Jesus, it’s easy to “hide” our own selfish needs, wants and beliefs in Christ.
Check this out:
Colossians 3: “1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”