(continued from https://jocsnotebook.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/leandria-johnson-periscope-rant-thoughts-reflections/ )
Ms. Johnson is also bold in forgetting that she is or used to be a “pastor”. She says in the video (see prior post) that she’s not “scared of nobody”!!
She needs to be scared of God! A godly WITNESS is VITAL to the Christian faith — especially these days. In Matthew 5:16 ESV the bible reads,“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” And we can’t forget Isaiah 43:10 ESV in which Christ says,“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.”
I, like many others, can’t believe she even did this Periscope cast. She is essentially INVITING the public into her home, then lashing out at them when they don’t agree. There’s a difference between struggling and actively sinning. As we learned in my first post, drunkenness is not something God desires for us — because it not only spiritually corrupts us, but physically causes us to do STUPID stuff. Leandria is cursing and criticizing people for crucifying her saying that she is just “keeping it real in her own house” — she said she was a FRIGGIN “pastor”!!
Watching the video, I said to myself, did she “conveniently” skip James 3:1 which says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness”. Teachers and preachers of the gospel are POINT BLANK held to a higher standard than the “ordinary” Christian. By accepting the call to leadership, you are basically telling God and the world that you will take on the task of being responsible for the spiritual upbringing and nurturing of Christians , old and new. By accepting pastoralship, you acknowledge that you understand some people will look to how you live your life as a ‘benchmark’ as they work on getting strong in Christ for themselves. You’re also saying that you will not do or say anything contrary the word of God and be careful not to lead them astray.
If you can’t do this…you don’t need to be a pastor or in leadership. No ifs, ands, or buts. You can still be effective in the world; but you’re just not ready to lead if you can’t get down with the basics.
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all struggled with something in the past and it’s not always easy to live right; NOR does seem fair to “give certain things up” but DANG Jesus took on the ENTIRE cross! The least we could do as Pastor Jerome Gay Jr of Vision Church RDU says, is to “take a shot” of the cup Christ (Matthew 20:22 ESV) drank for us. Being a Christian means you have to be set apart….we all have to come to terms with this and find the joy in it.
I pray Leandria gets some good spiritual counsel soon. She has a POWERFUL gift that was clearly given by God. We know it and satan knows it. I hope a word is said to wake her up before God has to. And speaking from personal experience…there is NOTHING fun about having to have God wake you up for you to do right!
Be blessed ya’ll,