Pastors, we are not just cheerleaders, we are game-changers. We are called to stir and to convict so that change takes place. Granted, there are many wonderful pastors and churches—I appreciate their ministry, but, as a whole, the church has drifted off course. They have lost the compass of truth - many are more concerned about wine tasting and craft beers than truly seeking the heart of God.
If you are a teaching pastor of a church, or in leadership of a church, this blog is for you. Everyone else can eavesdrop. You need to do a series on race and racism. And you need to do it soon—as soon as you can. Racial division is our culture’s most pressing concern, and it is a deeply biblical and spiritual issue.
Pastors of 101 Ohio churches of various denominations have united around their common love of Chick-fil-A. The pastors, who are members of the Richland Community Prayer Network, released a statement supporting the building of a stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Richland, Ohio after a food truck from the popular restaurant made several stops in the city in July, Frontlines Ohio reports.
Amazingly, one youth leader said this years ago, “I don’t worry about what I watch or listen to as long as my heart is right. Plus, I need to watch what everyone else is watching so I can relate to them.” This is a very dangerous view. Most will admit, however, that this statement is really just an excuse to cross the line when it comes to entertainment. Let’s be honest: many rationalize watching and listening to very questionable material, not because they want to relate to others, but because they enjoy it.