10 July 2006

Everybody Wake Up

There's a song by Dave Matthews called, "Everybody Wake Up" that has the following lines:

And our finest hour arrives
See the pig dressed in his finest fine
And believers stand behind him and smile
As the day lights up with fire

Now, I know that he is most likely referring to our president, but the first thought that came to mind was "Is he talking about preachers?" Notice I didn't say pastors, but preachers.

Today, there are far too many preachers and not enough pastors. These morons on TBN, Daystar, and The WORD Network aren't pastors (most of them, not all). They preach for selfish gain and to be noticed. But, I'm not even going there today.

What about pastors of local congregations who fall into the trap of asthetics? What about worrying to much about the delivery of the sermon? Imagine staying up late Saturday night/early Sunday morning and practicing your sermon. I don't mean running through it outloud pacing back and forth in your living room. I mean actually in the pulpit, rehearsing every word, hand gesture, joke, even down to which side of the congregation you will look to after a certain comment. Rehearsed exortations, and repetitions (repeating yourself so you can get an amen; also known as an ego boost).

Then there is the other end of the spectrum. Ripping off someone else's sermons so you don't have to do your own work. Personal communication with God and drawing from your own experience will always be more effective than the most well-rehearsed and polished piece of plagiarism. That's why testimonies are so powerful; they are about as tangible as you can get when it comes to proof of God's work among his people.

Yet the pigs continue to dress in their finest fine while people go to hell and fall away from God.

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