I want to caution my fellow bloggers against becoming too important in your own eyes. Why? Because it hurts your testimony. Let’s discuss…
Recently you may have noticed my humor bit about Perry Noble. He actually told his congregation that he was not interested in being the type of pastor who rubs elbows with his people. Many pastors are like that these days.
Are we (bloggers or pastors) ever too busy or too cool to associate with regular folks? We shouldn’t be. If we are then we simply pontificate and our usefulness diminishes.
I sent emails to several bigwigs in the blog world earlier this year asking to do interviews with them. They all quickly and heartily agreed. Many of them however would not answer subsequent emails or attempts at setting up the interviews.
They would not answer to something they had already agreed to do. This is most rude and self-absorbed. I understand that time does not permit answering every email, phone call, or interview request. But, when you agree to do something, you should at least have the decency to notify the person if you can no longer fulfill your committment.
I have lost some respect for some folks. It is sad because we have enough trouble from the enemy digging at us that we do not need to contribute to any lessening of our own reputations.
Let’s keep a grip, people. None of us are that important. God can replace any or all of us with rocks and get just as much done…
“Wait… I’m Perry Noble. You can’t do this to meeeeeeeeee”
Apparently the people in South Carolina don’t cotton to a pastor being too cool to hang out and get to know the church members…
Note: In case you don’t understand this humor bit, I have it from an impeccable source that Perry Noble told his church that if they wanted a pastor who they could have a BBQ & chat with, they were in the wrong church. Apparently he is just too cool for the common folks?
America is without a doubt the most materialistic and self-absorbed nation to have ever existed. Anyone disagree? I didn’t think so. Americans travel hundreds of miles to go to a rock concert or sports event, sit on hard bleacher seats in the broiling sun or falling snow, and stay up late regardless of needing to be at work the next day. Ask them if they went ot church last Sunday and they will say ‘no’ because the church is too far from home, the seats are uncomfortable, the temperature is too warm or cool, and they were too sleepy from a hard work week.
The irony is thicker than peanut butter.
Some people are at least honest about the situation. They will say with pride that they do not want the traditional teaching of the orthodox Christian church because it is ‘out of touch’ with current trends. I’m not saying I agree with them; I am saying that at least they are being honest.
To translate, most people will only tolerate a religion that gives them a stamp of approval for their lifestyle. “I’m in charge of my destiny” is the cry of this generation and the last several.
Ask an American to recount for you one of John Grisham’s novels, a poem of Robert Frost, a play by Shakespear, or a song by Lennon & McCartney and they will do so with no hesitation. Ask them to tell you a little something about the book of Romans and they will stare at you blankly.
Have we been fooling ourselves about being a Christian Nation? I fear that maybe we have. If America was in court and the judge asked for evidence, would there be enough to prove that we are or have been a Christian Nation?
I’m not saying there are no Christians here. I am suggesting that we are a small minority however. Someone prove me wrong…