Jukebox Preachers

One of my sources of wisdom come on radio folye from 10:30- 12, it’s the Gerry Anderson show!

though today he was very mild on the comedy front, he said something which for once made me think of stuff that matters.  Gerry is like my wee cheer up in the middle of the day, not that my days need to much cheering up these days, but a wee laugh at our fine country is always a good thing.  He said, that in music, “commercialism is saying something well that doesn’t need to be said.”  And as you think of rap, dance, country, pop music (the main genres produced for mass sale), there is never anything of any substance said, I mean I could read out lyrics of a rap song, and show you how pointless they are, but that I guess would be pointless! It’s just interesting that the majority of people don’t want to hear anything that would rock the boat, they’re more that happy listening to what happened to Katy Perry last Friday night, or how eminem went through another violent breakup.  Just stuff that doesn’t matter.  We need to be very careful that this commercialism does not creep into the church (as it may be).  A ministers/pastors job is to challenge you into the life of Christ, to match your wee story with God’s big story.  And challenging hope filled sermons should result in life altering, however it’s clear from the mass market of music and other stuff that people don’t naturally want to change from comfy lives. And so we’re left with a dilemma.  Should the pastor/minister preach nice easy going sermons and so keep people happy and at church, I’ll call these jukebox preachers (just giving people what they want), or should they preach sermons that cause people to be so in awe of grace that they try and fit in with God’s big story even if it causes upset with those who don’t want to be in the un-comfy position of being challenged.  I obviously in favor of the later.  I would think if your pastor isn’t causing you to think (what do I need to clean-up, what do I need to stop, what do I need to start, what to I need to get better at) then he/she’s not doing their job…

Check this out in 2 tim 4

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

I think this blog is in a very meandering (such is the pattern of my thoughts) way trying to say that it’s not easy being challenged but it’s good for you; and you’ll never be challenged if you always think you are right!  However through all of this it’s important to remember that the challenge must be Bible based.

I’m going to end now before I go off on any more tangents, what can I say I get married in a week and I’m just writing this cause I can’t think what else needs to go into my speech.

Standing on grace


2 responses to this post.

  1. All the best for next week! I’ll be thinking about you both, and pray all the best into your lives for the future! Have a beautiful day, and let’s hope for a sunny day! (sorry, I couldn’t find your email address anywhere…I do have it somewhere!!) all the best, all my love, Debs


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