What Makes a Pastor Sad

Strange day today. It’s strange, and hard, to mourn the loss of yet another person to cancer – another person who for a season was a part of the church I shepherd. I’m not sad for him because he is now home and free from pain, but I am sad for his wife and daughters and their extended family who grieve.

At the same time I’m grieving over believers in my flock who have made decisions in their lives that do not square with following Jesus. I know in their own minds “everything is fine” or “it’s no big deal” and yet the actions they’ve already taken, and the path they are following, are truly dangerous. What’s interesting to me in all of this is that as much as I grieve the passing of a loved I one, I actually grieve more over sheep who are going astray in this life. I feel great concern over the steps they are taking and the serious consequences they will face. I hurt for the fallout they will indeed experience and the regrets they have to face someday. I don’t know if this is true of all pastors, but what makes me saddest is seeing people, who have been given salvation through Jesus,  disregard Jesus by explaining away His clear direction. Huge bummer!

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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4 Responses to What Makes a Pastor Sad

  1. Abby says:

    I once saw a sermon where a pastor wept and yelled at his congregation for the same reason and asked them why so many of them were not maturing in their faith. Don’t harden your heart brother, offer them to Christ. No doubt you have heard this one:

    Do It Anyway
    People are often unreasonable,
    illogical and self-centered;
    Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind,
    people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
    Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful,
    you will win some false friends and true enemies;
    Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and frank,
    people may cheat you;
    Be honest anyway.
    What you spend years building,
    someone could destroy overnight;
    Build anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness,
    they may be jealous;
    Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today,
    people will often forget tomorrow;
    Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have,
    and it may never be enough;
    Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis,
    it is between you and God;
    It was never between you and them anyway.

    ― Mother Teresa

  2. Feliz says:

    Thanks for your honesty and thank you for being my pastor.
    A passionate shepherd would feel sad knowing a member of it’s flock is off the righteous path.
    It’s your concern and obedience to God that allows me to trust you.
    You have no hidden agenda nor want recognition of being a “Do-er” for the Kingdom.
    For me, you “show” me what a disciple of Jesus looks like clearly walking His direction.
    You have been that model to follow.
    That shoulder to lean on.

    I had to respond to this post because I felt the magnitude of your sorrow.
    And some personal conviction of your pain.
    So know that I’m not only responding by this reply…but in prayer and action.

    I don’t thank you enough for your dedication and diligence as my Pastor.
    Thank you Thank you Thank you

    • Andy Lewis says:

      I thank you for your encouragement and your kind words. As sad as it can be sometimes I’m truly grateful that I get to love the people God has given me to love. Thanks too for your prayers for the individuals involved. There’s no need to know names to know how to pray.

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