January 25, 2012

The Juvenile online behavior of mega pastors (Furtick and Macdonald)

Do Not Be Surprised has some excellent write ups of the order of events that happened on twitter over the course of the last few days.

While in some ways I am shocked, in other ways I am... well... "not surprised." I always hope these guys will grow up and learn to handle criticism, what since they are supposed to be leading large numbers of Christians. But... "Hope deferred makes the heart sick." (Prov 13:12a) If this is what the church's leadership is like is it any wonder our society is seemingly overrun with "carnal Christians?"

"We Can Work It Out:" Is James MacDonald Qualified to Have this Conversation?

"We Can Work It Out:" Is Steven Furtick Qualified to Have this Conversation?

The behavior there really is shocking. These are pastors being paid a lot more than I can imagine and a whole lot more than their preaching and teaching is worth.

It's a bit like that scene from the Wizard of Oz where they bring the broom of the Wicked Witch back to the big scary wizard who likes to do nothing more than jerk their chain, intimidate them, and boss them around. So the little dog Toto finally figures out something isn't right and goes over and pulls the curtain away from the little man behind the workings of the giant scary wizard. But instead of realizing he's busted and giving up the charade, the little white haired guy symbolizing Furtick/Macdonald turns and kicks the dog. Classy.

I'm torn. Is the church more at fault when juvenile boys, playing church, are promoted to positions of national prominence, or is it the leaders' fault? I think, both. Immature people and immature leaders feed off of each other. And of course, we were told this would happen.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

Maranatha, Lord, come quickly...