“However, because of the Lord, I will never lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed. Instead, take the spear and the water jug by his head, and let’s go.” 1 Samuel 26:11 HCSB
When I started in ministry 40 years ago people seemed to respect the position of pastor. Very few ministers were found to be dishonest or immoral and consequently fired. Today the culture is very different. There are more ministers who are “caught” doing things that are directly against God’s laws and the laws of man. Ministers who have never done anything immoral, dishonest, or unethical are “fired” for a variety of reasons, including that church members no longer think the pastor is a good fit their church and want him to leave. I have observed several ministers who have abandoned their call to ministry because of the way Christians in the church have treated them. No longer does there seem to be respect for those whom God has called to serve as pastors.
David’s respect for God and His anointed one was far greater than his desire to kill King Saul and assume the position of king. He refused to even lift a hand against Saul. With God on his side, David was able to walk into the middle of the enemy’s camp and stand among the soldiers. David was unwilling to strike the anointed one of God.
Challenge: David respected the position of Saul and refused to lift a hand against him, the Lord’s anointed one. Your pastor and other ministers at your church are the anointed ones of God. Just like Saul many are not perfect, but they deserve your respect. Pray for your pastor and ministers of your church.