A favorite pastor of mine recently graduated to heaven, and he left a remarkable legacy. Tim Keller (1950–2023) served in pastoral ministry for over forty years, planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, wrote several influential publications, co-founded the church planting initiative Redeemer City to City, and co-founded the influential internet ministry of The Gospel Coalition. I loved Keller. He was a stalwart for the gospel for a very long time.
And yet he had flaws. At times, he exuded a “New York City” outlook. He spoke softly about abortion at times when he should have spoken forcefully. I didn’t appreciate that. His political approach stunk. He had other shortcomings, too, but my intent is not elaborate on his shortcomings. How unloving that would be! My point is this: all Christians, from the least to the greatest, “fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).
Your pastor, your spouse, your kids, your boss, your parents, your best friend, your co-worker, and Tim Keller—they’re all flawed! You are no exception to that rule. 😊 At the end of the day, there is only one savior, and his name is Jesus Christ. So, be patient with others, overlook their shortcomings, and don’t be surprised when people disappoint. As Tim Keller preached: even though everyone will let you down, Christ never will, so place your all your trust and hope in Him.