Crazy Stunting Christians
Do you find yourself reading articles based on their titles sometimes?
Yeah, I think the title hooks us first pretty much every time.
What about this one?
“12 Craziest Stunts Pulled By Pastors” by David Gibson
Can’t wait to read this one!
Until I did.
First, I had to Google Simeon Stylites. Then, once I felt that I had a grasp on his historical significance, I moved on to the list of ministry gimmicks.
Yes, that’s what the author called them. Simeon Stylites was a ministry gimmick?
Let me summarize the list for you.
1. Pastors shouldn’t dress up and pretend to be someone they aren’t to make a point.
2. Pastors shouldn’t preach sex.
3. Pastors shouldn’t preach sex.
4. Pastors shouldn’t admit to being overweight, set an example by losing weight by the scripture, or sell a book based on what they did.
5. Pastors shouldn’t encourage their congregation to try to spend ONLY the amount of money food stamp recipients receive each month for food to make a point.
6. Pastors shouldn’t use high-pressure sales techniques to raise money.
7. Pastors shouldn’t promise to do fun and crazy things if their congregation meets a goal.
8. Pastors shouldn’t camp out on the roof until funds are made to meet a need.
9. Pastors shouldn’t encourage unmarried members living together to get married.
10. Christians shouldn’t walk along the highway dragging a huge cross.
11. Authors shouldn’t try to live by all the rules in the Bible and then write about the experience.
12. People gifted in stunts shouldn’t use those stunts as an outreach ministry.
Alright, inquiring minds want to know, does this list amaze and offend you?
The further I read, the more irritated I got.
Yes, some of the things on this list might be a bit gimmicky. However, many of them are legitimate roles, jobs, and ministries.
And only the first nine specifically mention pastors.
Number one is a great object lesson. Gimmicky? You can decide. I’m pretty sure if I was a congregation member, however, I would have learned a lesson that morning.
I’ve already blogged about number three twice before.
Gluttony is a sin. I believe it’s one of the most ignored sins. Where’s the gimmick here? The fact that the pastor wrote a book? Pastors aren’t allowed to make money? This argument always makes me angry.
I’m going to pause there with my thoughts on this list of crazy things pastors do.
What about this crazy thing a youth pastor did? I’d put this on the list!
What do you think? Is this author spot on or would you put something else on the list and take others off?