These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
The Other day I saw a post about a well known pastor in America whom I highly respect and admire. When I searched through the pictures about this Pastor I was a bit taken back by the "royal" treatment that I saw that he was receiving. Being escorted among of fleet of high-end cars, Being treated like a Palace King, and praised as if He was a god. Mind you, I'm not against the fancier things in life. I'm not against royalty as a custom of certain countries. What I am against is the treatment of a person as if they are a god or demi-god, when the one they should aspire after is God alone not man. We must be vigilant in understanding that we worship God at ALL times.
Social media attempts to ingrain and enslave the Christian to view men and women of God as demi-gods. This thought process and narrative easily leads to false pretenses, and more over leads to idolatry.
I am all for a life-changing message or sermon. I’m not denying that we have the Moses’, Davids’, Pauls’, Elijahs’ etc. in our Christian faith today. They are necessary and they are fulfilling God’s divine purpose(s) on this planet. In fact, I’m not saying not to follow them on social media.
Rather, what I’m advocating is that believers should not get entangled in “idolizing” a person because of their eloquent delivery of a sermon or the fact that they sing like their #1 on the billboard charts. Listen and get inspired by all means, there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, we should find our true inspiration and identity through the message of the Word of God. Always check sermons with the Bible...and song lyrics as well...you’d be surprised what’s out there! A person of faith with many followers on social media does not always denote nor represent correct doctrine or theology.
#AlwaysCheckTheWord #CheckYourHeart #FollowHIM #PrayForTHEM