When I was called to be bishop, I was shocked. Shocked, because I was young and didn’t feel worthy of the calling. I didn’t even feel like someone like me ever could be a bishop. I have always been and continue to be a religious doubter. Faith has never come easily to me. How could such a person with this and other problems become a bishop?
In five years as bishop of the Park Slope Ward, I never felt disrespected by anything anyone ever said or did to me. Granted, I was never dunked, but even if I had been I think it would have been done in a spirit of friendship and camraderie.
I think we too often put our church leaders and the offices they hold on pedestals. A bishop is still a man, even when he sits in the bishop’s chair. A bishop brings to his experience his own humanity and weaknesses and history. And it is often because of those things that he is a good bishop. We respect bishops when we recognize their humanity and weaknesses. I think it is profoundly disrespectful of their humanity when we place them on pedestals and ask them to behave in ways that might feel unnatural or inauthentic.
So I’m in agreement with you, Rusty. We should respect our bishops. But like you, I don’t define that respect in the same way President Faust does.]]>
The office should be respected. When a person acts in his (her) calling they should be given the respect that office/calling deserves.
But, lighten up! If Bishops etc. can’t be themselves, have some fun, and goof off a bit sometimes (within reason and I think a dunk tank is within reason) then what a rotten job they’re saddled with. If you don’t do that people get the feeling that Bishops are better than the rest of us, they are high and mighty, they even become un-approachable.
I’ve said enough, I think Faust was wrong.
Rusty, you’re right I mean “if” not “when”.]]>
Just because we become familiar with the person, doesn’t mean we decrease our respect for him. It may very well lead to an increase in respect.
Personally I think a Bishop should be more like Joseph and not a prude. Our current prophet certainly isn’t disrespecting his office because he has a sense of humor.
If we hold these guys up too high calling it respect, we forget they are men and we can have real problems when they fall.]]>
I think I agree with your last statement. As long as I am obedient to the counsel and/or commands from the Bishop and sustain him and those he’s put into office, I’ll be respecting him.]]>