Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fat Preachers and Talking Mirrors

Two things before I begin.

1. I used to preach sermons.
2. I am currently "overweight". This was confirmed by my doctor last Wednesday.


Self-righteousness: a feeling of (usually) smug moral superiority derived from a sense that one's beliefs, actions, or affiliations are of greater virtue than those of the average person

Ask the following simple questions of most Christians and you will likely get the following answers.

Question: Do you believe the bible is the word of God? Answer: yes.

Question: Do you believe the bible is trustworthy? Answer: yes.

Question: Do you believe the bible teaches us that all sin is bad? Answer: yes.

Question: Do you believe that God finds all sin to be intolerable? Answer: yes.

Question: Do you believe that Christ came to set mankind free from the power of sin? Answer: yes.

Question: Do you believe that although we are forgiven, we all still fail and sin? Answer: yes.

Question: Do you believe that God is okay with some sins and against others? Answer...no.

Question: Do you believe it is okay to ignore your own sin while pointing out the sins of others? Answer: no.

Question: Do you believe the previous statement illustrates hypocrisy? Answer: yes.

Question: Do believe it is okay for a Christian to murder, steal, gossip, cheat, get drunk, or be involved in sexual sins of any kind? Answer: NO!!!

Question: Would a sermon preached against such sins be appropriate? Answer: Absolutely YES!

Question: Have you ever heard a sermon preached against any of the above listed sins? Answer: yes.

Question: Would you consider gluttony to be a sin? Answer...I guess?

Question: Would it be acceptable for an overweight preacher to ignore (and sometimes even make light of) his own sin of gluttony and yet freely rail against those struggling with one of the more “grievous” sins such as those mentioned above?

Actually, would such attacks be acceptable for anyone who names Christ as Savior and friend?


Answer:


Our mirrors would not hesitate to answer.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?

“You hypocrite”

My mirror concurs.

1 comment:

Noel said...

ok...ouch!! from another fat preacher.

Noel