This is another post by my daughter Dana who has begun to write for her own blog. If you are interested, you can find it here. While this same post is on her own blog, I asked her if I could post it here also.
I read a poll a while ago that asked the readers to share whether or not they had ever been hurt by their pastor. Of course the comments were full of stories of pastors who were reportedly abusive mean, harsh, had too high of expectations, etc. I do understand that there are a few pastors who should be in a different profession rather than ministry and sometimes people genuinely do get hurt. But I have always been protective of pastors because I have seen the other side. I have seen pastor’s being hurt, attacked, criticized, lied about, etc. I believe that you should err on the side of caution when it comes to criticizing a pastor and jumping on the “bad pastor” bandwagon. In my experience, there is always more to the story.