Before I offend some of you let me make something clear about pastors. There are many amazing men and women in the ministry today, and they have your best interest at heart. They love and serve you, officiate your wedding(s), and help bury your loved ones while comforting you. They don’t fly off on exotic vacations in a private jet, and many don’t even drive a decent car. However, there are some who use the name of God to gain power they abuse and don’t deserve.
I hear people refer to their pastors as a “spiritual leader” and I can fully understand that phrase. And then, there are those who say their reverend has the “authority” to speak into their life. If you don’t speak Christianeese let me help you out with that one. That means the pastor can tell them what decisions to make. It also means that they blindly allow them to interpret the scriptures for them. Now, my goal is not to offend anyone, but when I hear that someone has that level of trust in a pastor (or any human being) it scares the hell out of me.
I would caution anyone from giving another human being authority over their life, and I would surely caution someone from allowing others to speak truth into it. Yes, I was a pastor for almost 10 years, but I never felt it gave me “authority” over anyone’s life. I was simply a pastor who had one goal…to help others live a better life.
The video I posted below will be offensive to some, but please…please pay close attention to what John Oliver is saying in this video. Yes, he is saying it with a great amount of sarcasm and at times he’s crude, but the point should be driven home. Not every pastor deserves the authority they are given…it is something that should be earned. When they uses phrases like “God told me to tell you” then that doesn’t make it true. And when they tell you to give so that you will be blessed that is even worse. Think about it for just a moment, how is giving money to a pastor so you get more in return honoring to God? Is that love? Do you think a God of love would make you give a pastor $1,000 so HE will heal you?
I fully believe most pastors deserves your respect, and should be given the same level of care they provide to others. Trust me, it is a very stressful and difficult job. But if a pastor begins to exert or even say he has authority in your life then buyer beware. Side note, if a pastor has a brand, meaning he or she is putting their face and name on everything, run! If it’s all about them…it’s definitely not about God or you.