God seems to use flawed people

I’d always been a little suspicious of people who seem to have it all together, hiding their flaws, and appearing strong and confident too often.

I have to admit, I probably can’t tell the difference between a confident person and an over-confident person, and there are people who are more self-assured and confident.

I think what I’d like to see is that people admit their mistakes, acknowledge their shortcomings and flaws, at least once in a while. Of course I wouldn’t want everyone walking around like Droopy, Mopey, or Eeyore.

It’s particularly disillusioning when someone well-versed in the Bible, preaches and/or teaches it so persuasively, and yet doesn’t live it out.

I was talking with a person who has worked with 100s and 1000s of Christian leaders. We realized that we have our flaws. Other people have flaws. Christian leaders have flaws. But wouldn’t you think that a Christian leader would be more honest about their flaws? Wouldn’t you think that person would avoid plagiarism? Wouldn’t you think that person would be above reproach? I wondered how that person avoided disillusionment and not lose faith, when some lose faith over seeing too many leaders’ lacking integrity (cf. William Lobdell).

My friend answered, “God seems to use flawed people.”

I took that counsel to heart. I think I can live with that, and I think my faith can endure, by the grace of God. Not much shocks me any more.

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4 Responses

  1. This post fits well for me right now. Last week I made an honest mistake as a leader and it caused some real disappointment for a family I know. They have fully forgiven me for this but it made me very aware of my “flaws”! The mistake was very public so I actually needed to blog about it. Something very humbling. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

  2. djchuang says:

    Matt, thank you for receiving my words, and I commend your courage to say those very challenging and humbling words: “I was wrong” and “I’m sorry.”

    Aside, but related, it’s been a huge learning curve for me that other people don’t want their life “all out there” the way I try to do that about myself via my blog, Twiiter, YouTube channel, et al. I don’t consider myself a private person and don’t mind what’s put out there about me, but many (most?) people are concerned about privacy and perception.