10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:10,36-37
We love excitement. As human beings, the majority of us love the excitement and spice of life from time to time. Even more so, we love an exciting church!
The more exciting a church is, the more the attendance it seems. We are attracted to entertainment.
But there are many times when that entertainment is clearly borderline of the world vs the truth.
I happened to have watched a video a few months back that reminded me of the story in John 18. In this social media video, the pastor of a church was wearing an army suit and had a plastic gun. This female pastor was on the ground spying out sin and was shooting each sin as she preached, providing great entertainment for persons within the Church and obviously social media community.
I, on the other hand, did not find any of it entertaining whatsoever. I found it actually very scary to see a pastor behaving in that manner and with her elders all cheering her on.
We can’t be children of God and not take a hard stance to preachers of the word who confuse the word with worldly excitement. We are called to the truth… not to the excitement of this world.
We need to pray for our leaders within the Church. They too get caught in the devil’s schemes and plans.
Food for thought: Take time out today to pray not only for the pastor of your church but all of God’s people that are in positions of leadership to lead God’s flock.
Prayer: Holy Father, hear our plea. Cover, guide and protect those that you have called to minister to your flock. For those that are wolves in sheep clothing, may you shine your light on them so that your flock will be warned away. Guide us in your truth. In Jesus name. Amen
May God’s mercy, grace, and love be with you.