I just finished reading an article about a study recently conducted by Tufts University that calls attention to a growing number of ministers in this country that claim they don’t believe in God. Of course they make that claim anonymously for fear that their church members might find out their dirty little secret and they might have to go out and actually get a job instead of “playing” church. And playing church is the correct description. One of the anonymous pastors stated, “Here’s how I’m handling my job on Sunday mornings: I see it as play acting. I see myself as taking on the role of a believer in a worship service, and performing.”
The article stated, “A Southern Baptist pastor included in the study said he was attracted to Christianity as a religion of love and now has become an atheist. If someone would offer him $200,000, he said, he’d leave the ministry right away.” I say, let’s take up an offering! Really, what is the price to the kingdom of God for these types of individuals standing in the pulpits of America every Sunday?
I guess part of what upsets me so much about this, besides the dishonesty of their conduct and the dishonoring of God’s name, is that it reminds me of some guys I knew in seminary. Oh, they believed in God, but what used to tick me off to no end was how little they seemed to want to work at their calling. I remember one guy in my New Testament Survey class that used to walk in, put his books down, and go fast asleep. I used to think, “What are you hear for?” I would hear students say, “I’m not taking that professor. He gives too much work.” For some, thankfully not that many, there was a sense of, “Just give me the diploma so I can get out of here, put it on my resume, and start climbing the ecclesiastical ladder.
Pastors, we have the incredible privilege of standing before the people of God and declaring the word of God! We get to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ Jesus every week! We have the high and holy honor of proclaiming, “Thus says the Lord!” We dare not trifle with it. We dare not trivialize it. If you don’t believe it, or don’t believe it enough to work at your craft and supposed calling then find something else to do. If it’ll help you decide, maybe we could take up an offering.
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