Renown educator Haim Ginott wrote:
It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather . . . I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.
In light of the above quote on how a teacher’s approach makes the climate, take a look at Pastor James MacDonald when he taught at Harvest Christian Academy in early 2017.
Evidently there was another incident on video that was referenced by blogger and journalist, Julie Roys. I didn’t look for that one, but this one fell into my lap on Twitter. Here is the transcript and video of a bully. How this man remained pastor for so long is beyond me. Well . . . I take that back . . .but it still astonishes me how much abuse people will absorb before they finally say, “Enough is enough!” The video is only 26 seconds long.
It never fails – whenever I listen to sermons of dethroned pastors, I find sermons they had preached in which the content was wholly disregarded personally. Case in point – when I grabbed the screenshot of the image at the top of this article, I hit the play button and heard the following (he’s talking about prayer and how people are not faithful in praying):
This isn’t going to be fun [to say], but. The fact of the matter is – is there are not going to be any breakthroughs without honesty. Sometimes you have to tear down the façade to get to the fault in the foundation. Make sense? So I just want to say I love you dearly, and I want to be faithful to my responsibilities.
Practice what you preach, right?