I really do.
But I have a good reason.
This is a tape of an episode of Inside Edition that has been making the rounds on Facebook over the past month or so. I actually saw it when it first appeared on television a few years ago. You can watch it here, if you want. It’s getting a lot of play and it’s stirred up a lot of fan fur. And it’s not pretty.
It’s a fairly condemning expose of the lifestyles and ministries of some big-time pastor-televangelists. I probably shouldn’t care, but this is my fraternity…the fraternity of people who draw a salary from the generosity of people who drop money in an offering box every week.
And if you know me, it’s generally a fraternity I try really hard to keep from admitting I’m a part of.
The fraternity of paid pastors no longer enjoys favored status in our culture. The club has pretty much taken it on the chin ever since their shenanigans started to go viral back in the 70’s. This video is just another in the long line of Cousin Eddie stuff that, even though we all know it exists, needs to stay in the closet.
I wish people these days didn’t have to sift through this stuff to experience the love of God. I wish celebrity pastors and out-of-control church leaders and the over-focus on money and edifices and pastoral authority and theological snobbery and slick production were not the filters people had to use to interpret the incarnation.
Truth? It’s part of our landscape and it won’t be going away.
So dig in. Be faithful. Act normal. Live simply. Give generously. Expect nothing in return. Extend mercy. Bring hope. Point only to Jesus.
It will all work out fine. I’ve read the end of the book.
If you haven’t seen it yet…and you have a bottle of antacids nearby…here’s the video: