So let's look instead at the first possibility. Although I am a Catholic - and nothing will deter me from that, not even when men of God act stupidly within my own faith - I admire a quote ascribed to Martin Luther: "Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world." Was Luther really telling us to sin? Of course not; but one interpretation of that can be to take chances, to be human as Christ was, to love one another, even if it means you may stray into sin unintentionally . . . or if it means that sometimes you piss off people or they hurt you. It means do not be afraid - because if your faith in Christ is the stronger, than His love wins. All the time.
Christ was fully human and fully divine. We can only strive to be as close to the latter as possible. Sometimes, when I am at Mass, I get a sense of that - I look around at people in my parish, I look at the priest, and I can almost imagine a scene I once read in a book by Chaim Potok, The Gift of Asher Lev, where the family of the protagonist, Asher Lev, is at the Shabbos table with his family. Potok writes:
We ate and talked and sang, and there was an abundance of food and wine and brandies and liquers, and the light softened and filled with haloes.
"Filled with haloes" - when we are at Mass, and in the Presence of Christ, we might take that step closer to God and in the light of the candles and the worship, perhaps even inchoate haloes form around us, as we take that hopeful step closer to sainthood.
But to be fully human? We fail there. Oh, we are human, all right, but faulty. We face the divine at Mass . . . and then go straight out and sin, or, at the least, display our warts of our humanity.
I think the Christian pastor or priest has a duty to lead his people to God by trying to do the right thing. It is a daunting task - and I hope that men carefully discern that before they decide to accept the responsibility. But I am not saying they need to be these Super Paradigms o' Perfection . . . I only ask that they take the time to reflect upon their vocation and determine what Jesus would do - not themselves, not some other guy - but Christ.
And then? To quote Nike's brand, just do it - even if it means your congregation or those who love you will turn against you, or be angry. Take that chance and "sin boldly" - or question whether you have the balls to act in persona Christi.
Matthew 18: 15-17. Sin boldly.