Here is an article that I would expect to find in Christianity Today or some other Christian publication, not in the local newspaper of Vallejo, California.
I had no business riding a 731-pound Road King. In 48 years I only had about 15 hours of dirt bike experience under my belt. But that didn’t stop me from hopping on my friend’s Harley and heading straight for the freeway, where I rode the monster, gripping the handle bars as if it were my first time riding a bicycle without training wheels.
I was too ashamed to ask the essential questions like, How do I stay alive on this thing? How do I maneuver the bike if a grandma cuts me off? Where are the flashers? In theory, I knew how to work the gears — one down and three or four up — and I knew where the breaks were.
But basically, I was incompetent. I was on a Harley — but I was a poser.
I believe the same problem exists in some churches today. I think there are a lot of pastors that shouldn’t be pastors. Many do not know how to maneuver through the Bible, let alone be entrusted with the Church’s prized possession, the Gospel.
Yet that has not stopped them from riding the pulpit, so to speak…
Why do millions of women tune in to the Dr. Oz Show on TV? Oz is beloved because he cares enough about our health and happiness that he tells us the truth about what our bodies need to embrace, or reject, for a more fulfilled existence.
In other words, when we leave a good doctor’s office, we may leave humbled. If he does his job right, we will feel accountable, perhaps even guilty, about the lifestyle we’ve led that that has placed us on the endangered list. Conviction and guilt might save our lives.
We have come to expect that Dr. Oz will expose behavior that puts us in harms way, and that he will exalt the lifestyle changes that will allow us to live longer and happier. Pastors would be wise to do the same!
They are like doctors and they must preach the whole counsel of God’s Word. They are not called to be motivational speakers, to give their members a boost of self-confidence so that that they leave the church doors feeling good about themselves.
Pastors must lead and feed their flock or get off the Harley. The pulpit is reserved for men of courage — brave doctors that will make sure the church is healthy, no matter the personal sacrifice. They might not be as popular as many of the famous leaders of large, seeker-sensitive churches in our country, but they will have the approval of God Himself.
This is quite insightful about the health of the church today. I do find that slowly, more and more churches are shifting or being planted with the purpose of being honest, authentic, and committed to the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. Go here to read the article in it’s entirety.