I attended mass today at Stafford Crossing Community church. The pastor, Daryl Mosely, delivered a sermon on Relationships. He utilized verses from the books of James and 1 Peter in the New Testament. His point was supposed to be about how to develop lasting relationships. It is in my opinion that the Pastor failed in his delivery of this message. The message was vague, anecdotal, and often times very self serving to the Pastor's own life experience. It is the opinion of this Shepherd that the Pastor was attempting to inform his congregation of the pitfalls of and tragedies that plague the Christian Relationship. Through out his sermon he was very animated and utilized many life experience correlations. At one point the Pastor mentioned that no man is perfect. It is the opinion of this Shepherd that this idea is wrong for the Pastor to be preaching his flock. All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory, ALL Men. The words of Christ are very clear on this effect, and this Shepherd finds that Christ Himself was not free of this indemnity. He too faced the pitfalls of dishonesty and anger. Look to several citations in the Gospels of Luke and John for evidence of this Shepherd view point.
In retrospect the Pastor was very eloquent in his delivery but he lacked the ability to deliver the problem. He offered up several solutions to the issue but never actually mentioned the main cause of discourse in relationships. This Shepherd feels that, to fully complete the discourse of the lesson presented at SCCC today, the Pastor should have mentioned the problem. The problem in all interpersonal relationships is pride. The resulting issue created by pride is dishonesty or deceit. This stems all problems in personal relationships. So to surmise the sermon today. When there is an issue amongst patrons the parties should look to their own individual prides as a blocker to their mutual love and learn to empathize more and sympathize less.