Pastor's Corner

10 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

“This is why we can’t have nice things!” That’s the first thing I thought after reading about a new Instagram account called PreachersNSneakers.  The account — which was started by a man who goes by Tyler Jones, an alias — shares images of celebrity pastors, along with a close up of their shoes and the price tag.  The Instagram account is only a few weeks old but has already gathered a nice following.  Jones says the inspiration for the account started as a joke because he claims to be a Christian and he stumbled onto a photo while he was looking for a song by Elevation Worship one Sunday and noticed the lead singer was wearing a pair of Yeezy 750s, which go for around $800 on resell sites.

His account picked up speed after Buzzfeed wrote a story on it.  Soon Jones highlighted “celebrity” preachers, including Rich Wilkerson Jr., the minister of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding, Judah Smith, a friend of Justin Bieber, and John Gray, who has a show on Oprah’s network. (Pastor Grayhas previously faced controversy after he purchased his wife a $200K Lamborghini.)  One pastor, Chad Veach, founder of Zoe Church in Los Angeles felt the need to respond after being profiled.  His post pointed out a $1,980 Gucci backpack and a pair of $794 Rhude track pants that he was wearing in a photo.  Veach’s response was he did not pay for a thing he was wearing. I guess he meant they were all gifts?  And that is what is so sad and telling about the bent reporters and people outside of their congregations have toward these ministers.  Jealousy has blinded them to the fact that there are some pretty wealthy friends listed in Jones account, all probably gifting their pastor in one way or another.  Does the Bible tell us that a pastor can’t accept gifts or have nice things? Should accepting a call to ministry mean that an individual must take on a vow of poverty?   

Social media users give strangers a peek into their lives and in doing so open the door for all kinds of criticism.  These strangers feel like they actually know the celebrities they are following where in reality they have ever once met them.   Jesus cautions about removing a speck from someone’s eye before first removing the plank in your own eye.  

Yes, all Christians, not just ministers have to be aware of how their actions will be judged by a lost or hypocritical public but that does not mean Christians can’t have nice things.  Proverbs 19:6 "Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!"  Even Jesus saw the wisdom in using what you have to bless others. “Here's the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.”Luke 16:9. Work hard and be a good steward of what God has given you.  Being able to share what you have with someone else is a true blessing, especially someone who is a blessing to you.  Don’t be afraid to be generous with what you have and don’t turn away a gift given from the heart. Don’t put all ministers into the same category as the few who have lost their way when it comes to the use of earthly wealth.  Most churches take good care of their pastors because of the respect they have for them and the work they do. Learn to be happy for someone who has been blessed by someone else.  It might just change how you view the resources you have been blessed with.    

"Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you."
Matthew 6:4 

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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