It is a great shock that we as members are not appreciating the good that pastors are doing. In the former management of the church [Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia] pastors were not exposed as they are being treated now.
It is not that we are condoning their behaviour, but a line should be drawn. In the past, we knew that pastors were treated with the highest respect as they were regarded to be representatives of the Almighty. What the Bishop and his church body is doing is that they are making a mockery of the pastors, the members and ELCRN as a community.
We also know about many wrong doings by those who call the pastors “substandard pastors” but because of the respect and trust in the Lord that we have, those were left.
Nowadays the ELCRN has become a political thing and instead of bringing the flock together they are chased apart. Members are at loggerheads with each other, pastors are not on speaking terms. It’s a disgrace! How do you expect to set the example? It’s an utter, utter shame.
Even in an ordinary company or institution you would find that disciplinary measures would be dealt with according to procedures.
It is a shame that the church is using the “substandard pastors” as curtains to cover up their dirt and to turn the focus from them.
Up to today, we have not been told what had happened to the millions raised by our poor congregations; we were not told what happened to the so called medical aid scheme that was proposed pastors would receive.
To conclude, a humble request to the Bishop, his deputy and the whole management for the remaining time of your reign, try to mend the broken faith, trust of your members.
Make peace with your fellow man and bring peace to the people; preach the gospel of the Lord.
Our people are dying trying to see peace and unity in the Church, as the ELCRN belong to all of us.