After service last week, I got talking with a friend who was too grieved at the experience he got from the church he worshipped that Sunday. He, rightly, was in search of a place- a place where his longing for God. Where His hunger for scripture could be met. He confessed that he wasn’t such a guy that was there yet with God, but desperately want to be fed, thus his extra caution at the choice of a church of which I don’t blame him for. You will understand if you have read a previous post I titled THE WHOLE CHURCH THING, where I vented my anger at the way a church is played and being portrayed today.
Let me cut to the chase and go straight to one of the most important things, if not the most important among others in what defines a church; the word or sermon.
The first thing that put my friend off was the appearance of the pastor. Who capped up his dressing with a cap on, not the one to compliment a traditional attire, but the “big-boy” type, as he puts it. He turned around and saw another guy with his face cap on. I guess the pastor is a good role model. That was not even the issue. He preached a whole sermon that spanned more than 30mins without a single passage of the scripture, yeah, it was that bad. He quoted some pastors though.
Among other things, he complained about how one of another minister (female) dressed, that made him crave for her rather than crave to become like her. I think the ministers of God should watch it. If my friend was given a hearing with these pastors, I am sure he will have a lot to say.
So, if you were given the chance to voice your mind. Regardless of what it is to your church/fellowship pastor (or maybe not “your own” pastor), what would you say?
That is what exactly this post is about. Let us help our Pastors serve and shepherd us better. We are hoping they get to read this, learn and improve.
I will go first:
“Sir, I came to church to be ministered to and to minister to God. Not to be entertained. If it was entertainment I wanted, I would be in the cinema or the park. Plus, I have a laptop loaded with enough to keep me fixed to its screen. Show me the way to eternal life, feed me to maturity the word of life. Be to me an example I can follow blindly. Give me what I can’t get on my own or by just merely reading books. Don’t just give me a sermon that seems like a book review or one that won’t make me crave to become more like Jesus. Give me Jesus, not you. Nor your personal ideas or value, don’t market yourself but Jesus. Lastly, I don’t come to church just to hear the story of how you travelled and slept and ate and …”