I just heard about a pastor whose spouse is so stressed out that they live different states and get together once a week – presumably to remind themselves that they are still married. I have often heard of married couples in high profile secular jobs that live like this but I am horrified to think that Christian leaders who should be setting a good example for their congregations live like this too. What is the church coming to? No wonder more and more Christian leaders are opting out of church in their 40s and 50s – they have not given up their faith just the pressures that the church imposes on them. And evidently the average length of time that pastors stay in their jobs these days is down to about 5 years. The pressures get to them and they opt out.
Is this the way that God intends us to live? I don’t think so. Shouldn’t we be setting an example of a different way of life?