It is far too easy for us to place unjustifiable importance and honor on those men and women who lead us, while forgetting the role they play within the framework of spreading the Gospel of the one and only Jesus Christ. There was only one sacrifice. There was only one redeemer. There was only one who became a servant to all in a mission to save all. Church leaders, called to instruct others in the Gospel, are by nature sinners like you and I. They could not save themselves, and required the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Becoming distracted by leaders and forgetful of the man Jesus Christ bypasses the necessity of faith in the life of a Christian. Following a human requires little to no faith in the gospel: they are physically in our presence, we can hear their words directly as they speak them, and they can likewise hear ours. We are tempted to accept these leaders as advisers with good stories and useful life lessons, and not representatives of Jesus Christ. In fact, it is quite possible for one to attend church, read the Bible and pray without the deeply personal need for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. When we hope in man and not Christ alone, our transformation in the image of Christ is cut off at the source. We will never truly change, we will never be free and we will never truly have life in its purest form. No man can change another man and make him new. Only the work of Jesus Christ, and faith in Him as Savior, Lord and God can do that. Church leaders are stewards of this love story of God and his children, but they are not characters in the story. They, like us, have been given the story, blessed by it and now share it with others. We must never forget the purpose of this story, that its focal point is always Jesus. By His name and by His stripes we are healed.