God no respecter of persons
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Leaders of the Church are always viewed as the mouthpiece of God, and so the position is one that attracts much reverence. As such, you find that they are very influential people. The followers believe in them and copy there behaviour and are not normally willing to talk openly about any shortcomings clerics may have. Most persons will also tell you that you should not rebuke an elder, which is interpreted that you cannot correct your leader.
Therefore, even though persons may see or know of practices by clergymen that are wrong, they turn a blind eye and say, "God will deal with it." On the other hand, if a member commits the same practice, the expectation of disciplinary action is anticipated from the same people had turned a blind eye to the clergyman's conduct.
However, until the people come to the realisation that God is no respecter of persons and there is only way to God, it is very important that we be respectful to leadership in churches but we should never become so respectful that we forget what God is expecting from us.