On seeking popularity…

During our life on earth, and especially in our own day, nothing is easier, pleasanter and more likely to win people’s approval than the office of bishop or priest or deacon, if it is performed negligently and with a view to securing their approval; but in God’s sight there is nothing more sorrowful, miserable, and deserving of condemnation.

Again, there is nothing in this present life, and especially now, more difficult, toilsome and perilous than these offices if they are carried out in the way our Lord commands; but, at the same time, nothing is more blessed in God’s sight.

Could have been written yesterday! Actually written by Augustine of Hippo in the 4th century. Still a salutary warning for any in Christian ministry today.

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