Unfair Expectations
By: Brent High

arod2I wrote an article several months back about Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers. A-Rod signed a deal in the offseason worth $250 million dollars. He was viewed as the savior of Texas Rangers baseball. His addition to the lineup would definitely make a difference in the eyes of Texas Rangers management and staff. At last glance Rodriguez had put up some impressive numbers through 26 games. He was hitting .313 with 9 home runs and 23 runs batted in.

The flip side of that good news is that Texas is 11-15 in those 26 games, nine games back of division-leading Seattle. At this same point in last year’s season the Rangers were, you guessed it, 11-15. Not much of a change huh? Ironically, Seattle is the team that lost Rodriguez to free agency. They seem to be doing just fine without him.

Churches can follow the same kind of tendencies when it comes to hiring new ministers, pastors, and staff. A new minister, staff member, or group of elders can be looked to as the congregation’s shining hope. Many great hopes can be pinned on their shoulders. New plans and visions can be set before them. Those who have felt alienated in the past can find a new listening ear.

As weeks, months, and years pass, church members realize they’re only men, sometimes in painful ways. Hope, plans, visions, and prayers that should have been placed in the lap of Jesus are strapped to the backs of men who can never meet the expectations. These unreachable expectations set the men up to fail miserably in the eyes of the membership, often leaving them feeling discouraged and beaten.

Let us all remember that Jesus is the cornerstone of the church. Let us cast all our hopes, plans, visions, prayers, and expectations on his broad, capable shoulders.

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:19-22