by: Rich Vaughan
Everyone would like a perfect preacher. So what makes a perfect preacher (PP)? Male or female, what are the right ingredients for the perfect preacher? Well here they are; enjoy!
- The PP preaches exactly 20 minutes and sits down.
- The PP condemns sin but never steps on anybody’s toes.
- The PP works from 8 in the morning to 10 at night doing everything from preparing sermons to reading up to date theology books, to sweeping the church.
- The PP make $1000 a week and give $500 a week to the church. They drive late model cars, wear fine clothes, and have a very nice and perfect family.
- The PP stand ready to contribute to every good cause, help those who are needy as they drop by the church, and has time for everyone who “drops in” to talk with the pastor.
- The PP is 36 years old and has been preaching for 40 years.
- The PP is tall on the short side, heavy set in a thin sort of way, and beautiful or handsome depending on their gender.
- The PP has eyes of blue or brown (to fit the occasion), hair parted in the middle or left side (for men) and in the very latest style (for ladies). The hair is dark and straight or brown and curly, red or blonde straight or curly. Whatever fits the community.
- The PP has a burning desire to work with the youth and spends all their time with the senior citizens.
- The PP smiles all the time while keeping a straight face, because the PP has a keen sense of humor that finds them seriously dedicated.
- Finally, the PP makes 15 visits a day (pre-COVID). Now the PP (post COVID) makes 15-25 phone calls, emails, or texts each day, spends all their time evangelizing all non-members and is always found in their office when needed.
Now, what does this humorous little piece have to do with us this Monday morning? I think it reflects life right now. Each of us have opinions and it seems for many if “our” opinion does not match or agree with “your” opinion then “your” opinion is wrong. The truth is almost always found in the middle. There are no perfect preachers, politicians, activist groups, schools, churches etc. because we are human. And with our humanity comes our weaknesses and faults. With it also comes our potential for goodness and love. We make the choice. Right now there is a lot of judging going on. The problem is we see everyone else being judgmental but not ourselves. Jesus addressed our problem perfectly in Matthew 7:3-4 when he talks about judging others.
“Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye?”
(Ouch!) The only way I can close this devotional is by simply praying for all of us, and to fall on my knees before Jesus and plead, “Lord be merciful to me, a sinner, let me see my own log in my eye before I complain about the speck in my neighbors”. Amen & Amen.