[The Pharisees] love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.
But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
I love others’ respect (especially when it is verbalized publicly), and you probably do too. I covet the praise of men. And I’ve seen a lot of pastors and church-world public figures who clearly do as well. And we are all the worse for it.
No Rabbi but Jesus. No Father but God. No Leader but Christ. And we “are all brothers (and sisters).” Does that sound like standard church practice in your neck of the woods? It certainly doesn’t sound like mine. But doesn’t it sound good?
Father, make us brothers.