Isaiah 3:6 must be one of the most pathetic verses in scripture. It describes the desperation of a people seeking for anyone to lead them: “You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler.” It is surely a sign of God’s judgment on a people whenever they invite someone with the most meager qualifications into a leadership postion: “You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler”!
Unfortunately that is exactly what many churches do when they recruit people to serve:
— you have a Bible and attend; you teach the class.
— you come to church regularly; you can be a deacon.
— you have a good voice, so you can lead worship.
— You know something about Roberts Rules; you lead the meeting.
People are thus drafted into service in churches all across our country, whether or not there is any attendant spiritual maturity in their lives.
Isaiah indicates here that it is a sign of God’s judgment on a church when things have deteriorated so. And one may expect this kind of a church to die a quick death, at least spiritually.
The “solution” involves our churches having higher standards, undoubtedly. But we must also to pray for revival, as well as work to disciple people and grow them to maturity, so that qualified people are trained and ready for ministry positions. And that “qualification” probably won’t have anything to do with owning a cloak!