As Christians we are called to be holy (as God is holy), but we also know that we can never match up to God’s standard. We can never be holy in our own right, we can only be made holy by Him. This is another manifestation of the paradox at the heart of the gospel: we are to be like Jesus, to be perfect in love, but we can’t do it. Only He can!
When the church is struggling, the temptation for the leaders is to point the finger. It can be easy for leaders to exhort the congregation, point out their faults, and bemoan their stubbornness and their reservations.
Instead, those of us in leadership must take the blame.