The Despised Pastor

The Despised PastorSurveys reveal that people in the United States do not have a highly favorable view of evangelical Christians, nor of pastors of evangelical Christian churches.

I agree with John Maxwell’s maxim that everything rises and falls on leadership, so this unfavorable view of evangelical Christians must be addressed first in the pastorate. The 2400-year-old words from the prophet Malachi still ring true today—

“The words of a priest’s lips should preserve knowledge of God, and people should go to him for instruction, for the priest is the messenger of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. But you priests have left God’s paths. Your instructions have caused many to stumble into sin. You have corrupted the covenant I made with the Levites,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So I have made you despised and humiliated in the eyes of all the people. For you have not obeyed me but have shown favoritism in the way you carry out my instructions.” (Malachi 2:7-9)

Uh oh!

Is it possible, my dear fellow pastor, that if we become men and women of the Word of God that the views of the population might begin to change?

3 Responses to “The Despised Pastor”

  1. Eliza Says:

    A very sad commentary on the men in the pulpit. It makes me want to cry:(


  2. Michael Shook Says:

    But why do we expect the world at large to love pastors? Evangelical Christians should, (provided the pastor is teaching TRUTH, but not the general run of people. Those who love evil and want to stay there, will not favor those preaching against sin!


    • Craig T. Owens Says:

      It’s not that the world should “love” evangelical pastors, but respect them. It is possible for pastors to preach biblical truth and still be respected even by those who do not hold to a biblical worldview. The problem Malachi addressed was pastors who didn’t stick to God’s Word and therefore appear hypocritical and unreliable. God’s favor will be on those who are committed to doing things His way; those who try to become popular with man will experience the exact opposite (just as the survey results today are showing us).


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