I debated whether to post this today.
In the end, it’s not about singling out one guy. But sometimes dealing with a real situation can make a truth appropriately pointed. So here goes…
I recently read a post by an Australian pastor boasting that he was going to preach on Bono on Sunday.
I commented urging him to preach the Word instead. I was soundly rebuked and brushed off as immature. I was told this pastor does not accept correction from the likes of me.
Well, the message has been preached and posted. You can listen for yourself if you please.
So I listened to the message.
It was cute. It was trite. It was lame.
As he shared Bono’s testimony, he had to apologise for Bono’s “salty language” in the testimony. He said he could only judge by Bono’s fruit but then just about the only fruit he could come up with was that he was faithful in his marriage. Um… ok. That’s good.
To his credit, he did get the gospel in there. In fact, it was almost clear… if you assume he meant what I think he meant.
Here’s my beef.
Who cares what Bono is, says, or thinks? It doesn’t matter! It really doesn’t. Not even a little. Bono is irrelevant.
Yet the message was on Bono. The Word of God hardly got a mention. He didn’t even make the token gesture of giving a text. He just openly admitted to the world that he’s speaking on Bono instead of preaching God’s Word.
We live in a world that desperately needs the timeless truth of God’s Word… note: God’s Word… and our preachers get up and speak about Bono?! And all the while the sheep are starving to death as the shepherd indulges shamelessly in pop culture fads.
It’s an “are you for real?!” moment. Seriously.
Might as well say it
About now, you’re expecting me to give a flaming diatribe, so I might as well do it.
How dare you!!? How dare you stand in God’s church and speak in God’s name and then talk about your own infatuation with pop culture?! How dare you?!!
That’s flimsy. That’s shallow. You probably got most of your content by Googling some popular sites. Shame on you!
Get out your Bible. Pick a passage. Any passage. Dig into it. Don’t wait for “a word” from God. You have the Word of God in front of you.
Read it! Study it! Explain it to your people!! Then, when they understand it, explain it again. And again. And again.
That’s your job!
This is not optional. This is essential.
Why post this?
I have nothing personal against this guy. I hope he will have the wisdom to at least consider my critique in this format since he would not consider it in my previous format. But this is not for him. It is for others who sit under men like him.
Don’t play that game. Don’t sit around eating the rare crumbs that fall from your fad-engorged shepherds.
Get out. Find a church that preaches the Word of God. Find a church that preaches it carefully. Then settle down there and feed sumptuously.
This man will give an account to his own Master for what he did in his “preaching.” You will give account for what preaching you choose to put yourself under.