This young mother sat next to me on the gondola and told me why she was leaving her church. She began by telling me how incredible the church is: the great youth program, sound doctrine that she really got into, a small group that was thought provoking, even great coffee at the door.
She was leaving all this because she joined a gym. Not just any gym, but the same gym where her pastor was a member.
I had to ask, “Is he overweight?” She said he was, but that was not the problem. The problem was, “He likes to look at the ladies.”
“Oh.”… That was the wisdom I added to the conversation.
Now, I get it. I understand that not everyone can Job 31:1 (look it up). I know that there are temptations all over the place, and if they are not disgusted at you because you like to look at the ladies, then they are probably disgusted because you don’t mow your yard correctly, or because of the way you drive (I’m talking to you, Tree). We have to work harder and rise! Rise and be a light!
But here is my question for the pastors in the world: When is the last time they accused you of looking at Jesus too much?
Isn’t it time that we heard about some pastors being fired because they kept on talking about Jesus.
I worked in a church once where a prominent leader aggressively corrected me for going to youth birthday parties and turning them into Bible studies. He said, “You don’t have to ALWAYS talk about Jesus.” That was twenty years ago. What about today?
Lord, I want to be a pastor that is condemned for my love of You. I want to be accused of holding Your hand too much; of sneaking away for prayer time too often. I want to forget about the rest of the world because of the King in my heart.
I want them to say, “He likes to look at God!”
“…If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…” John 15:20