“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and He is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’, for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23: 8-12
So the Roman Catholic “church” has a Pope and according to their theology the Pope is The Vicar of Christ. They believe that the Pope is actually Christ on earth and that all should follow him. To them the Pope is more than just Christ’s representative. They actually say that the Pope basically is Christ in the here and now. That is totally dead wrong in oh so many ways…make that in all ways! Overall Francis seems to be a more down to earth Pope and I appreciate his focus on helping the poor and the oppressed, but quite frankly no “man” should ever be exalted and revered like he is.
However, the modern traditional “church” is not much better…because the vast majority of “churches” out there have Pastors who basically operate as little Popes. They may stop just short of actually saying that Pastors are Christ, but they most definitely state that Pastors are Christ’s main representative in their “churches”. Even when “churches” have boards, elders and deacons…the buck usually starts and stops with the Pastor. I say that no “man” should have such power and authority in the “church”. I have heard many Pastors say that they are God’s man and God’s mouthpiece to their “church”. How incredibly wrong and sad is that?
Jesus basically says in this passage that no man should have the title or authority of a rabbi, Pastor, master, father, or teacher. According to Jesus it is always wrong to use these titles of power and position, but congregations all over still insist on having Pastors, Rabbis, Fathers and Teachers. Jesus said that we should not have these positions in our churches because we are all simply equal sibling peers in Christ. There is no real chain of command in a true church except Jesus is King and all the rest of us are mere brothers and sisters.
The only thing any of us should strive to be called is a servant. Laying down every title we should seek to merely serve others as Jesus did. We are all called to lay down our lives for the sake of others. Titles and positions destroy true unity and interrupt the Spirit’s flow to all who find themselves subordinate to “man” made hierarchies within the church. We should all be free to directly hear God for ourselves and not through any other person with a position or title. Popes, Pastors, Teachers are all the same…they all think they are serving, but all they really are doing is placing themselves as a roadblock between God and all others who desperately need to hear Christ’s voice for themselves. There is to be NO human mediator between God and His children. This is my plea to all of those out there who find themselves with a title or position within the “church”….Please get out of the way? You want to help? Then simply step down and aside and start being the sibling and peer you were always called to be. Humble yourselves?
Love and …..
Kirk Out !