“It’s their loss…”
You ever heard any preacher say that when folks didn’t want to hear them preach?
Have you ever said or thought it?
The preacher who says this thinks that he is delivering the goods and that the people who don’t want to hear the preacher and who get up and leave are about to miss a powerful message that could have helped them.
Such questions come to our mind as we struggle with the realities of living in our present world. They are real questions, they are substantial questions. But sometimes when we ask such questions, “the pious among us question and attack us. You are on the road to hell brother,” One might say. Or another may say. “Just trust the Lord and it will all be all right.”
We are always looking somewhere else. We are always pushing to go somewhere else. Life seems to be about planning for some event in the future. It might be graduation, wedding, anniversary, reunion, and yes even retirement. We look forward to the day we will be debt free or the day our kids move out the house or the day our kids come to visit or the day everybody gets in the same house for a holiday.
We look forward to going home after work and to some t show that has us hooked on a cliffhanger. We are always looking forward, always pushing forward. We always want more, to be more, to see more. pushing, longing, wanting for more or at least wanting something different than what we have now.
A preacher was addressing a youth day service and decided to really make an attempt to get into the mindset of the youth. He wore the clothes of the youth. He attempted to speak the language of the youth.
Incidentally, his sermon didn’t seem to be particularly address the youth. The sermon was simply a regular sermon, but it was addressed to the youth because of the clothes and the jargon as we see in this cartoon.
But often such attempts to address the youth only elicit a snicker of derision before slipping into ignoring the message. Really addressing the youth would require taking the truth that you know and finding a way to translate it into something understandable by the youth. Incidentally, that is your problem every week. You are to translate the message into something that is understandable by the people.
So pull your pants up and speak in the language that you understand. But attempt to address the people not with a surface understanding of their issues, but with a deeper attempt to connect with them. Your people will probably appreciate it…Tell me what you think in the comments.