If you are a frequent reader you’ll remember I was posted to Iran a few years ago you can read it up here. Well I’m back and I encountered most of the concerns I had. Incidentally the experience I had isn’t peculiar to just me. I had a conversation with a dear friend a few days ago and it was the crux of our conversation. In her words the resident pastor of her Church was stepping down from pastoring the Church and she was heartbroken, thankfully she wasn’t in Church the day the announcement was made. I had been away from my local Church for almost two years and mid-way I found out one of my “favorite” pastors was leaving and I was equally heartbroken.
Now you see two of us had every reason to be heartbroken, these Pastors dropped the Word like it was hot, we admired the way they treated their families especially their wives at least the little we were opportune to see. While reading this you may remember that Pastor that had to leave your Church either cos’ of death, relocation or planting of a new Church and how sad you felt. In fact there have been countless cases of members who left their Church to follow a Pastor to a new Church. In the midst of all of these heartbreaks and “Churchtrotting” by members we fail to realize one practice that has unconsciously crept into the Church. It’s the practice of esteeming the created more than the Creator. I’m sure you’re shaking your head in disagreement but let me ask you, would you stay back in a Church if your favorite pastor left?
- What makes that particular pastor your favorite?
- Is it the Word?
- If it’s the Word, what is his source?
- Is his source Jesus Christ who is the Word?
- Do you have access to that source which is Jesus Christ?
- Does that pastor of yours point you to Christ or do you have to go through him to meet his Jesus?
I hope these questions are causing you to reflect on your position as a Christian or a member of a Church. A few weeks ago we had a men’s conference and normally my “favorite” pastor would end the conference with one of those drop it like its hot message. It always left women screaming in affirmation and the men doing a thorough introspection on their views about fatherhood and their role as husbands and priests over their homes. But you know what, he wasn’t there this time around, he had left the Church but Our God is never taken by surprises. He always takes care of His own, another Pastor preached and it was amazing and it did drop like its hot on both the men and the women.
That episode was a reminder to who was really in charge and behind the scene. If God gave one pastor the opportunity to be a vessel to reach out to His children, He’ll definitely raise up another one. I remember T.D. Jakes saying the only thing he can give his congregation of over 10,000 was the Word. He can’t physically reach out to everyone and he won’t be around forever, he went on to say he could even backslide.
Now at Lystra a man sat who was unable to use his feet, for he was crippled from birth and had never walked… and Paul looked intently at him and saw that he had faith to be healed, and said with a loud voice, “Stand up on your feet.” And he jumped up and began to walk. And the crowds, when they saw what Paul had done, raised their voices… “The gods have come down to us in human form!” They began calling Barnabas, Zeus [chief of the Greek gods], and Paul, Hermes [messenger of the Greek gods], since he took the lead in speaking… But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are only men of the same nature as you, bringing the good news to you, so that you turn from these useless and meaningless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them. Acts 14:9-15 AMP
Have we unconsciously started equating Pastors to God? Can we have more Pastors who will act as sign posts to Jesus Christ and while they are at it, remind their congregation like John the Baptist said, I’m not the Way, his job was to prepare the way for others to meet the Way. Can we repent from this practice, are you a fan or follower of your pastor, and are you a pastor who has raised an army of fanatics unconsciously? We all need to turn around. OH!!! With or without your favorite pastor, God will always raise a man or woman but the “show” must go on, the church of God is marching on.