I read this story on social media sites, newspapers and christian blogs just to make sure I got the story right. If you haven’t already please read here. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hoopla, that we go around the real issue. My opinion is not important but what the word says, IS important. Let’s quickly hit on what the disciples did when it came to choosing a new disciple after Judas hung himself.
Matthias Replaces Judas
Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile.[When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the Zealot), and Judas (son of James). They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them. “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David. Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.”(Judas had bought a field with the money he received for his treachery. Falling headfirst there, his body split open, spilling out all his intestines. The news of his death spread to all the people of Jerusalem, and they gave the place the Aramaic name Akeldama, which means “Field of Blood.”)Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it.’ It also says, ‘Let someone else take his position.’[“So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus— from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection. “So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.-Acts 1:12-26
Who knew other than Jesus, that Judas was going to have a hand in Jesus’s arrest and death? Who knew that later down the line, they disciples were going to have to choose a replacement? Jesus prayed harder than most of us will pray in our lives to make the right decision when it came to choosing his disciples. Yet, one amongst them was a betrayer. When it came to finding a replacement, the bible clearly says that the disciples gathered together, prayed, and the Lord to show them the heart of every candidate. Before, we cast stones at Pastor Robert Wills, did the board of deacons gather together and pray if he was the right person that God would have in position. At times, we make decisions based on emotion or how someone looks or appears to be. But it’s only by the Spirit of God do we really know. I believe we serve a God, who loves enough to give us a preview of the main attraction. Where there is smoke, there is fire. How this man of God choose to spend his personal time is a reflection of a bigger issue? What does the bible say pastors, deacons and those in leadership should be like?
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.- 1 Timothy 3:1-12
Does this scripture describe a type of person that would be at Rick Ross concert? *Waiting for the answer…crickets*
When it comes to life choices such drinking, listening to secular music or premarital sex, believers(yes, believers) have a way of talking around the entire issue to avoid complying with what they know in their spirit is right. My issue believe it or not is not that this young man went to a Rick Ross concert. The reality is he’s been listening to Rick Ross the entire time! He’s just like you and I. He probably listens to music before attending church, after counseling sessions, probably plays it in his office. He was enjoying himself, all this while. So, why are we upset that NOW, a public decision was made that not was a bad reflection on himself, but the church. We don’t address sin in secret . It’ only when it comes out in the public, that we then condemn it. Which, don’t get me wrong, it needed to be checked boo! But should’ve checked at the front door, way before America had to hear about it. It is my job as a believer to protect my fellow brother or sister in Christ. But if you’re attending a Rick Ross concert, chances are you believe what he believes and you’re in agreement. You are what you consume. We ALL know, Rick Ross is an ambassador for cursing. So guess what? You too are cursing. Yes, that pastor was probably cursing.
The moral of the story is: this was an issue of standard, this was an issue of being led by the Spirit when making decisions, it was an issue of the church’s reputation. “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”-Mark 7:15. When those Rick Ross lyrics came out of he pastor’s mouth, it defiled him
My prayer for this situation is very simple “Lord, I pray for Pastor Rodney Wills. God, you know how to touch a man’s heart better than any human being. Father, touch his heart. Allow him to see the situation at hand through your eyes. Whatever it is he needs to learn from this situation, help him learn it. You knew this was going to happen before time, so Father, work it out. If he’s truly a man of God that was called by you, Father you know how to deal with your son. Help him through this situation and it may deepen his relationship with you. Amen.”