Higher Standard.

Read James 3:1.

1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

My parents were teachers. “You’re the reason I stayed in school,” one former student shared with my mom recently. Following in their footsteps, I became a substitute teacher. James talks about teachers being held to a higher standard. We expect teachers to know more and maintain that higher standard. In Biblical times, James encouraged church leaders to hold a higher standard. Paul, likewise, in Romans, echoes the idea that teachers must be above reproach. The “do as I say, not as I do” mentality wears thin, whether you’re a college professor or a parent of a preschooler. We influence others, whether we take on an official teaching role or not. All who profess the name of Jesus Christ are challenged to adhere to a higher standard in public and in private.

See also Romans 2:19-23.

17Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; 18if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

© 2017 Schweitzer United Methodist Church
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