Have you seen the new reality show Preachers of L.A.? What do you think of it?
Some are saying…
I’ve been left with one dominant feeling: DEFENSIVENESS
I find myself wanting to shout from the mountaintop, “They don’t represent the majority of preachers!” and “I’m not like them!” They seem to be unaware of how their opulence and austerity reinforces bad images and stereotypes. I cringe when they refer to the church and ministry as a business enterprise and a revenue stream. Even T.D. Jakes weighed in saying, “I’m not from L.A., I’m from Dallas!”
Defending the Gospel
The good news is not is not that Jesus came so that we might prosper by the standards of this fallen world. The good news is that the kingdom of heaven has arrived, Christ is king, and the way of the cross is now the new standard of success.
Defending My Heart
Recently, Pope Francis suspended a free-spending German Bishop known as, “The Bishop of Bling.” I admit that I’ve wish we could do something similar with the cast of Preachers of L.A. However, I (we) need to defend our hearts against self-righteousness & pride. I have logs in my own eye that demand my attention. The Apostle Paul reminds us that what we are seeing is nothing new with these words of perspective,
“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” Phil. 1.15-18