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LWI (Leading while intoxicated)

Leviticus 10:8-11
Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying: 9 "Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, 10 that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, 11 and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them by the hand of Moses."

One of the responsibilities of "priesthood" is to be prepared to "distinguish between holy and unholy, and between clean and unclean." We cannot be impaired or under the influence of anything that could hinder our ability to perform what is our sacred responsibility, even by things that are acceptable in everyday life.

I wonder what things hinder pastors' abilities to exercise sound judgment. There are many things that can be intoxicating such as power and influence. We can be indiscretionate about our own personal purity, allowing small things to defile us like some of the stuff on TV or on the web that just sneaks in. It happens all the time in my life. I must pay more attention and not be so casual about the responsibility I have been entrusted with.

Lord, help me never to dishonor the privledge of serving you.

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