Let me ask you a question. Are all believers equal before God? I assume you would say yes. If not, I would be very interested to hear your opinion. Most Christians know that the right answer to this question is yes, we are all equal before God. We have all been redeemed by Christ and are seen equally through his righteousness. It is good when we know the right things to say, but sometimes our actions, and structures expose what we really think.
I have no right to be saying the things I say because I am a mere laymen. I was a semester away from getting my bible college degree and making it into the upper echelon of the clergy or ministry or whatever you want to call it, but I fell short, so I am not a pastor in their system. So, having said that, you must understand that my words are written in ignorance and immaturity as I am a meager layman. My responsibility is to get my friends to come to church to hear the pastor proclaim the gospel to them. Maybe I should also sponsor an orphan and maybe even sing a special song during the offering on Sunday, but I should leave the teaching up to the pastors. Why?
Because, even though we all have the Spirit of God in us, and even though we all have the scriptures available to us, and although we are all cleansed and redeemed through the blood of Christ, and although when God sees us we all are clothed in the righteousness of his son, and although scripture tells us that we are all priests, that we are all the temple of the living God, that we are all his children without distinction, in spite of ALL this, what the Bible REALLY means is that the pastor is above the rest of us in some way. I don’t know what way. Maybe he is smarter (although I would say most pastors are of average intelligence) or maybe he is holier, or maybe he is a better leader or better speaker or better human being. I don’t know why, but even though we are all equal, the pastor is more equal. he alone is set apart to lead the rest of us.
Have you ever read Animal Farm by George Orwell? The animals were sick of the oppression of the farmer so they made a plan to get rid of him and have a free and equal farm. Soon after the farmer got the boot, the pigs took over as the natural leaders as they were the smartest of all the animals. Everyone had work to do, theirs was just to lead, but all animals were equal on this farm, and their leadership was just a service to the other animals. Soon these leaders started having special privileges to help them focus on
the Word and prayer, sorry, I mean focus on leading, they could not take part in the lowly services the other animals performed, as it would reduce their ability to lead, a role they were set apart for. One day the pigs announced a modification to their original claim that all animals were equal. Now “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
I think these pigs would make good pastors. They understood something that I can’t. How one group can be more equal than others. Pastors get this. They are set apart to serve the flock. They must not serve tables, as they are called to peach and pray and lead. Sure we are all equally equipped and equally enabled and equally righteous before God, but they are special, they are more equal. At the end of the day we end up with a priesthood of pigs.