Monday, August 20, 2012
Targeting People from the Pulpit
Harold is one of my best friends in the whole world; and that's even after we were undershepherds together for many years near Pittsburgh.
He left the mob and then another franchise because God told him to be on staff avec moi.
I think, talk, and write a lot about him; because, uh, God has used him so much to make and mold what I'm still becoming.
I'm just scratching the surface of my relationship with F/S/HS.
Anyway, I expect him to join my covenant brothers and sons to preach at my memorial service; unless, of course, I preach at his first.
I'll never forget when Harold was confronted right in front of me by an angry woman: "When Dr. Kopp was away last Sunday, you targeted me in the sermon. You preached that sermon just about me. You embarrassed me in front of my family and friends and made me feel so guilty that I didn't want to come back. I can't believe you did that to me in front of everybody."
I've heard that.
Most preachers have.
Harold's response is the truth: "I'm sorry you feel that way; and I'm sorry you're so arrogant to think that I think about you when preparing sermons to help people get closer to Jesus."
People who feel targeted from the pulpit are so ego-centered; thinking it's all about them.
Then Harold added, "But if the shoe fits..."
People who feel targeted from the pulpit usually are; but not by the messengers.
That comes to mind as I think of people who already know everything and don't need Sunday School, continuing education, or...
Truth - Harold always told/tells it - is some people act like they already know everything about Him and what it means to follow Him by their absence from Sunday School, continuing education, and...
Some people are sooooooo arrogant.
Thesis 11 from Fifteen Secrets: "When you think you've arrived, it's time to start over."
If we're not moving closer to Jesus, we're moving away from Him.
If the shoe fits...
Blessings and Love!