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Full Disclosure

24 Jan

One of the toughest issues that I face is really telling the whole story without hurting anyone. I feel like full disclosure is critical as a leader. For so many years I lived under the “let’s keep that between us for the sake of the people” regime. In hindsight I don’t really feel like “the people” were served. Even in that I still struggle when telling certain stories concerning my life because I don’t wish to offend or hurt others however the power of what God has brought me through is lost if key elements of the story are left out. Now don’t get me wrong I know some things (names) are between us and God and they are better kept there. However, I do believe that full disclosure is vital to God getting all of the glory for our testimony. Even still I struggle with it because it makes me feel a bit weird inside. The enemy of my soul and my own self doubt come in and try to steal the power of what was shared by trying to convince me “I share too much.” I find my greatest asset with the exception of the Holy Spirit is my ability to be transparent. This creates a trust between me and those in whom God has trusted to my care. It also gives them permission to provide full disclosure and get the help they need so that God gets full glory in the end. I had to share this because yesterday in the third message of our preaching series I shared two critical stories one from 2003 and one from 2010. One spoke of a Church Board, whom many are still my friends, and the other of church consultants who tried to change my personality and the way I view the scriptures. I wish no ill on any of them but without those key elements in my story God doesn’t receive the glory due His name and my story loses part of it’s power. It is like starting to read a good book in the middle or catching a movie in the middle if you don’t know what brought the person there you don’t understand what is truly being communicated or what has been overcome. I think it will always be a struggle but we must trust the leading of the Holy Spirit. At first I was like “for the sake of the people” I’ll keep silent. Then I realized for it is “for the sake of the people” that I must operate under full disclosure. I have learned it is not what you say but how you say it that matters. We must be careful not to allow others to pick up our offenses so we must be careful in the way we go about full disclosure. Anyway I found myself struggling yesterday directly following service, which is not unusual, but after reviewing what was said I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true. I didn’t name anyone. I did tell my story and my struggle to become a church planter and pastor. I did detail it. Without those details included so much would be lost in translation and so much of the struggle would be voided or misunderstood. I operated under full disclosure for “the sake of the people”. I can not tell you how much has been lost over the years trying to sweep things under the carpet for “the sake of the people”. I have seen good men slandered and empires rise and fall “for the sake of the people”. I have seen opportunities provided to come clean give full disclosure and receive forgiveness and restoration refused “for the sake of the people”. One can only wonder what would have happened if we operated under full disclosure verses a false “for the sake of the people” canopy. Here is what I know truth is truth and it sets men free. Full disclosure before a holy God leads to repentance and restoration. Afterwards telling your story with full disclosure much like King David’s life can bring you back to life. Think about it King David’s life would be far less powerful without including his failures and shortcomings. So much about what we understand about God’s amazing grace and forgiveness would be lost without David and Bathsheba. Win, lose or draw we must tell the whole story for God’s glory. Who is the hero anyway? Jesus! He is the Hero of heroes! He is also the truth. Just had to share with you guys this week. I challenge you with this scripture:

Ephesians 5:11-12 (ESV) 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Be Encouraged!
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