By: Christi Watson Until I was a preteen, I ate up every part of being a pastor’s kid. In my eyes, my Dad knew everything about God and everyone loved my Dad. Being a pastor’s kid afforded me opportunities to do things like have lunch with my favorite musicians. Doors were opened for me to do what I loved to do, SING! Then there was the “J” incident. I will call him J to protect his identity. I was on the cusp of middle school when my Dad decided to take a very public stance from the pulpit against a store in our small Texas town that was actively promoting pornography. J’s father had been very strategic in bringing this business to our town. Day after day this boy would mock me on the playground because of my Dad. I remember feeling ashamed and then increasingly angry. One day, backed by the full force of my...
For sixteen years, my husband and I had a great marriage. We loved the Lord, were active in church, tithed, and taught our children about Jesus. When Rob shared he felt called to leave his field and be a pastor full time it was not a surprise; I saw it coming. Taking that leap of faith, well, that took my breath away. So many changes, so many surprises. The Lord saw us through the transition, and Rob got his first church. We were so excited, and I was ever the supportive wife. I knew the Lord had called us and after all how different could it be? What I didn't realize was what Rob becoming a pastor would mean for our family. Suddenly I had become a single mom. No matter how many times I tried to explain this to Rob he just didn't "get it." To him, he was doing what a preacher should. He...
- "If you stay angry at your brother/sister your guilty of judgment."
- If you call someone "fool, empty headed" you are to be brought before the religious officials
- Finally, if you call someone, "moron, good for nothing", then you are guilty of hellfire!
- stopping dishonor - don't participate
- respect for others
- believing the best first
- a guarded tongue and silence in terms of one's reputation