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Resumo – “De: Pastor, A: Pastor”

Aline Drummond Costa

“Deus não precisa de estrelas para fazer a sua obra; ele precisa de homens disponíveis e obedientes.” Essas sabias palavras do Pastor Hernandes Dias Lopes revela um pouco sobre o conteúdo desafiante e confrontador de seu livro “De: Pastor, A: Pastor.” O livro serve como um manual pastoral, e relata a realidade de vida de pastores e como o chamado pastoral deve ser vivido conforme a Bíblia. Em oito capítulos, o livro descreve os perigos, a vocação, o preparo, a vida devocional, os atributos, os sofrimentos, os compromissos e o salário do pastor. O resumo a seguir focará em dois aspectos impactantes do livro, a vocação e o preparo do pastor, pois os demais tópicos podem ser evitados ou vividos integramente se os aspectos citados estiverem verdadeiramente alinhados com a vontade de Deus. Primeiramente, o autor revela o brilho e intensidade de um chamado pastoral. Um chamado não é algo escolhido após fracasso em outras escolhas anteriores. Um chamado não é um interesse em algo que tenha aptidão e/ou talento. Um chamado também não é necessariamente a melhor solução social ou financeira para sua família. ...vocação pastoral é quando todas as outras portas estão abertas, mas você só anseia entrar pela porta do ministério. Vocação é como algemas invisíveis. O chamado de Deus é irrevogável e intransferível. Quando ele chama, chama eficazmente! (LOPES, p. 35)

Um chamado é a plena convicção e certeza que foi criado para cumprir uma função específica. Deus tem um chamado para cada pessoa. Alguns são chamados para a medicina, outros para o direito, psicologia, economia, empreendimentos, engenharia, maternidade, etc. Todo chamado é valioso, por isso todos precisam estar alinhados com a vontade de Deus e entender suas responsabilidades e seus propósitos. O chamado pastoral não é diferente – também existe funções e propósitos específicos para pastores – porém, esse chamado divino é cem por cento espiritual, e portanto, cem por cento contrário aos padrões desse mundo. Como descrito no livro com base em Jeremias 3,15, “é Deus quem dá pastores à sua igreja” e “a escolha divina não é fundamentada no mérito, mas na graça.” A sociedade nos ensina a buscar a melhor capacitação, mérito, títulos, prêmios e experiências para exercemos nossa função. Porém, Deus não chama os capacitados; Ele capacita os chamados. Muitos pastores são chamados em sua infância, quando não sabem falar, ler ou escrever, e muito menos, aconselhar. Muitos pastores são chamados mesmo tendo dificuldades e limitações em aspectos fundamentais da vocação pastoral, como perdoar ou se arrepender. A Bíblia é repleta de histórias sobre pessoas limitadas que foram chamadas e capacitadas por Deus, como Moises, Davi, Jeremias, Jonas, Paulo e outros. O portal de entrada no ministério é a humildade. Nenhum pastor pode fazer a obra de Deus de forma eficaz com altivez e orgulho. A soberba precede a ruína. A vaidade é a ante-sala do fracasso. Toda glória que não é dada a Deus é glória vazia. (LOPES, p. 38)

Conforme citado acima, certamente o chamado pastoral não segue os padrões da pós modernidade. No entanto, pastores chamados por Deus não podem simplesmente descansar e esperar a capacitação divina descer do céu milagrosamente sem nenhum esforço ou empenho. Pastores precisam ser estudiosos para apascentar o rebanho de Deus com conhecimento. Um pastor precisa ler e estudar a palavra exaustivamente, para poder cumprir o seu chamado com excelência. Um pastor deve preparar sua mensagem entendendo todos os aspectos da palavra, o texto e o contexto, pois esta expondo ensinamentos divinos com valores eternos. Um pastor precisa conhecer a realidade de seus ouvintes e estar atualizado com notícias locais e globais, pois somente dessa forma poderá aplicar princípios da palavra de Deus para o cotidiano de cada pessoa, independente de sua faixa etária ou classe social. (LOPES, p. 45-46) Além de apascentar com conhecimento, o pastor precisa apascentar o rebanho com inteligência, sabedoria e sensibilidade. O pastor precisa lidar com cada pessoa de acordo com sua necessidade. Precisa ser cuidadoso com o temperamento e personalidade de cada indivíduo. A sua mensagem não pode ser somente pregada, mas tem que ser vivida. O pastor não pode valorizar mais a palavra, do que suas ovelhas. “Sabedoria é usar o conhecimento para os melhores fins... Devemos amar a pregação e também as pessoas para as quais pregamos.” (LOPES, p. 46) Pastorear com convicção, conhecimento e inteligência é muito mais fácil na teoria do que na prática, pois a natureza humana é fraca e pecaminosa. Se dependermos de nós mesmos, sempre iremos escolher o caminho mais fácil. Porém, no chamado pastoral, o caminho mais fácil leva a falência. O pastor não pode depender do conhecimento e inteligência de outro pastor, pois ninguém estará presente com ele nos momentos de aconselhamento e gabinete quando ele mais precisa. O pastor não pode depender da intimidade com Deus do outro, pois Deus se revela conforme o buscamos. O pastor não pode depender da revelação dada por Deus para o outro, se não sua mensagem será vazia e sem propósito. “A maior necessidade da igreja hoje é de pastores que vivam na presença de Deus. A maior necessidade de hoje é de pastores que conheçam a intimidade de Deus. Muitos falam sobre Deus, mas não o conhecem.” (LOPES, p. 50) O autor enfatiza que o maior preparo que um pastor pode ter é o seu relacionamento com Deus. A vida do pregador fala mais alto do que seus sermões. A vida do ministro é a vida do seu ministério. O pastor é um homem em fogo. Pregação é lógica em fogo. A parte mais importante do sermão é o homem que esta atrás do púlpito. (LOPES, p. 57)

Para todos que se preparam para o ministério pastoral, é impossível ler essas palavras e não sermos diretamente confrontados com nosso estilo de vida. “De: Pastor, A: Pastor” levanta uma série de perguntas retóricas para todos os pastores e aqueles que almejam pastorear. Será que temos verdadeiramente priorizado o Reino de Deus? Ou temos priorizado nossas próprias vontades, até no nosso desejo de ser pastor? Será que vemos o ministério pastoral como uma opção profissional? Ou temos noção que pastorear é um chamado árduo e difícil? Será que nossa vida devocional e intimidade com Deus agrada o Senhor? Ou temos vividos um relacionamento raso e superficial com Deus? Precisamos nos avaliar por completo e nos arrepender, pois a palavra de Deus diz: ‘Entrem pela porta estreita, pois larga é a porta e amplo o caminho que leva à perdição, e são muitos os que entram por ela. Como é estreita a porta, e apertado o caminho que leva à vida! São poucos os que a encontram.’ (Mateus 7, 13-14)

Bibliografia:

LOPES, Hernandes Dias. “De: Pastor, A: Pastor”. Editora Hagnos: São Paulo, 2008.

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