Thursday, December 5, 2013

Preachers, First Ladies, and Swag... Oh My!

So I decided to check out that TV show Preachers Of L.A. and oh my goodness, where do I start? I know that a lot of it could be creative editing or the show's agenda, but let me just say that when working in ministry, it cannot or at least should not be about YOU. A sermon is a lesson or an opportunity to impart wisdom received from the Lord. When I was preaching, I would receive the word and I myself was convicted first, and THEN I shared what I had learned to the congregation. It was a WE thing, not a ME thing. I'm not saying that these guys don't do that, but a lot of sermons and arguments that I hear on the show are about what they personally have, and/or how they got it/did it.

Church isn't about possessions. Church is about people. If church is truly a hospital for sinners as they say, and not a museum for saints, why does it matter what car you drive or who designed your suit? I understand anecdotes and personal stories to support your overall message, but referencing your "Mercedes G Wagon" and your "Armani" suit is a bit much in my opinion.

And don't get me started on the "First Lady" thing. I understand that being married to a pastor can be a challenge. I also understand that a lot of Pastor's wives hold positions in the church that have their own demands and responsibilities. These women should be honored for performing their church responsibilities and duties, not because they are married to the pastor. Pastor is a job just like doctor, lawyer, and engineer. I don't see any doctor's wives getting special titles, seats, and honors. What do we call the wife of a Neonatal Surgeon (probably one of the baddest dude's walking the planet)? We call her wife!

What's worse is that these wives are holding concerts and events and putting themselves center stage. If your goal is to put on a gospel concert, why is the "First Lady" the main attraction? There are hundreds of gospel artists and bands that I am convinced would love to perform, and I am willing to bet that they are better than First Lady and the Hats.

Again, I don't have it all figured out, but my "spidey senses" (discernment) were tingling while watching this show. Pastors, we don't care about your car, your clothes, your gun, your anniversary, your thug past, or your vacation UNLESS it teaches us something about and/or brings us closer to the Lord. In case you forgot, that is your job. We don't want to see "The Pastor Show" featuring Bishop/Reverend/Pastor, the First Lady, and their kids. Production value, style, swagger, pizzazz, and whatever else you want to call it are all good, but that's icing. Where's the cake!?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fourth Year Freshman

This post is the relative beginning of my journey. Since 2005 I have felt the call to ministry. After a couple of false starts, I am finally moving forward with my plans. I am in school pursuing the elusive Bachelor's degree, which will act as a key to unlock the door to seminary. From there, who knows. My ultimate goal is full-time vocational ministry but I am not sure what that will look like. I am open to any and everything.