"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Perfect Preacher?

I’m fortunate to serve as a preacher for a very loving church, but not every preacher is as fortunate!

After hundreds of years, a model preacher has been found to suit everyone. He preaches exactly 20 minutes and then sits down. He condemns sin but never hurts anyone. He works from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. in every type of work, from preaching to custodial service. He makes $60.00 a week, wears good clothes, buys books regularly, has a nice family, drives a good car, and gives $100 a week to the church. He also stands ready to contribute to every good work that comes along. He is 26 years old and has been preaching for 30 years! He is tall, short, thin, heavyset, and handsome. He has one brown eye and one blue; hair parted in the middle, left side dark and straight, the right side brown and wavy. He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all his time with older folk. He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work! He makes 15 calls a day on the church members, spends all his time evangelizing the un-churched, and he’s never out of the office!

Amusing isn’t it? Every church has their perception of what they want their preacher to look like. Unfortunately, for the preacher, it’s impossible to “fit the bill” for EVERYONE’S needs!

But have you ever noticed that everyone also has their own opinion of what God should look like, how God should think, and how God should be “God”? Some want their God to be “loving, compassionate, merciful, and forgiving.” Others want their God to be “powerful, accountable, and concerned with justice.” With all of these different images surfing through our minds, it creates a real dilemma when we try to paint a picture of God on the canvases of our hearts.

So how should we view God? He is not your God, He is not my God, but He is the ONLY God, the “Great I Am”, “Who was, Who is, and Who is to come!” And since He’s the only God, we should do everything that He has told us to do! God will be God, and He will rule as He decides to rule!

Perfection will never be found in a human, even if he’s a preacher! But I wouldn’t recommend going back to the drawing board to illustrate the Creator of the Universe. After all, He did say, “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me, there is NO Savior.” (Isaiah 43:11)