Have you seen Lonesome Dove? Do you recall the scene where the Army scout is attempting to take Newt’s horse and is whipping Newt while he hangs on to the horse? Captain Call sees it, rides down and mauls the scout with a branding iron. Gus ropes Call to pull him off the scout. When Call comes to his senses he mounts his horse, brushes his coat and looks at the crowd gathered and says, “I hate rudeness in a man…won’t tolerate it.” With that, tips his hat to the ladies and he rides away.
Perhaps you have wished for a Capt. Call to ride in and rescue you or your spouse from the rudeness inflicted upon them by uncaring church members. This past week my wife and I heard another story of hurt and pain as an older man had called out a pastor’s wife and with his remarks inflicted pain. In another situation, a pastor listened as a layman said inappropriate things from the platform.
Common Sense 101 is not an option, although we wish it were. However, what is an option is pastor and wives reaching out to other pastors in fellowship.
Do you and your wife have another pastor and wife that is a friend?
What are your relational needs? The SBTC is a fellowship of confessing congregations and we care. We care in community and we care as a staff. The Minister/Church Relations Dept. and the Facilitating Ministries Dept. are sensitive to these needs.
So here is what we are asking. Talk back to us. Comment anonymously as to the need you and your family has and then send an email to us. The address is on the blog. Take the risk and be authentic. Let’s see what God will do out of this for His glory and your good.