So we don’t have hope because of the men that God chooses to preach and teach the Word of God. In fact, God has often taken men who the world would say are broken and uses them. We have hope and reconciliation because of what the Word of God says about God’s mercy, forgiveness, and eternal life. Again, pastors are people with sins and weaknesses just like everyone else. It is an interesting study to see how pastors have been viewed through the years. A little after 50 years after Giertz preached this sermon we might say it is more evident that the world thinks pastors to be an oddity; something to be mocked or maybe persecuted.
Giertz said, ““It [the world] looks at the pastor as someone notable and strange, before whom one feels a little unsure or artificial. The pastor will take all this with great composure. He shall not attempt to convince men that he is “just a normal man.” He is not. He has this office. But if the pastor has this mission from God, then he has every reason to regard it highly, but this does not mean that he himself is something higher or more notable than a normal sinner” (p. 68).
All Christians are able to confess the faith that has been delivered to them (Jude 3). Pastors are to speak because they have been called of God to proclaim the Gospel. If it were not from God all would lose heart. But Christ has not abandoned us and sustains us. The church of Christ will not succumb to the power of the Devil no matter what (Matt. 16:18).