Sunday, November 05, 2006

Gold from Eugene Peterson

Some great food for thought here

"(P)astors are abandoning their posts, left and right, and at analarming rate. They are not leaving their churches and getting other jobs.
Congregations still pay their salaries. Their names remain on thechurch stationary and they continue to appear in pulpits on Sundays.

But they are abandoning their posts, their calling. They have gone whoring after other gods. What they do with their time under the guise ofpastoral ministry hasn't the remotest connection with what the church'spastors have done for most of twenty centuries.

A few of us are angry about it. We are angry because we have been deserted....It is bitterly disappointing to enter a room full of people whom you have every reason to expect share the quest and commitments ofpastoral work and find within ten minutes that they most definitely do not.

They talk of images and statistics. They drop names. They discuss influence and status. Matters of God and the soul and Scripture are notgrist for their mills.

(P)astors have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches. They are preoccupied withshopkeeper's concerns-how to keep the customers happy, how to lurecustomers away from competitors down the street, how to package the goods so that the customers will lay out more money.

Some of them are very good shopkeepers. They attract a lot of customers,pull in great sums of money, develop splendid reputations.
Yet it is still shopkeeping; religious shopkeeping, to be sure, but shop keeping all the same. The marketing strategies of the fast-food franchise occupythe waking minds of these entrepreneurs; while asleep they dream of the kind of success that will get the attention of journalists.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

gives me the yukkiest feeling to think of 'pastors' operating in this way. Kind of don't like the overgeneralisation, but clearly that's not the main point - im just nit picking, so not very important (he's using exaggeration to get his point across i guess).

you know how you said you're stoked cos FCoC is a place where people just 'get it'? totally agree, and its just GOoD (that's my way of writing that something is good in a God way, or thanks to God!)...not saying this with a motiviation to glorify us at all - no way - its all in order to point to the Glory of our God, who is revealing himself to his people!! (and there's PLENTY of stuff that we haven't got right too...but you know what i'm getting at!!!)