While you cannot know them perfectly, nor can you know them totally, you can know them well.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us,” (Romans 8.18, HCSB).
Every sin cries out for justice. Like some career criminal, it always sets up a fall-guy. It entraps us in our sin and then cries out against us, “Justice! Justice!” and we are caught red-handed.
What I’m asking you to do is harder than asking you to stop looking at your smart phone, and we all know that seems impossible.
“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart,” (Prov. 4:20-21, ESV).
As shepherds, it is our duty to fight for the flock. We are to protect those sheep in our care, from the youngest to the oldest. But we have not been called to “protect the church and its image.”