Ok, let’s examine how some confusing stuff gets started.
One day you are just minding your own business and somebody comes along and says that you look like an evangelist or a preacher.
Now you know that you are not saved. You know that you have not been born of the water and of the Spirit as Christ commanded in his discourse with Nicodemus. You know in your inner most soul that you are not sent by God to say anything on God’s behalf. You know that you have not spent any significant quality time with God and you know that the only thing that you know about God is what you heard from someone else.
But since folks are saying that you look like a preacher or an evangelist, you start claiming the title for yourself.
Now because folks have said that you look the part you begin to associate the part with the way that you look instead of with genuine salvation and re-birth.
In addition, the media and entertainment beasts have propagandized preachers and evangelists in ways that makes one think that all preachers and evangelists must look like the ones on television or in the movies. And all of these fictitious characters become preachers and evangelists without ever being born again of the water and of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:3-7 and Acts 2:37-42)
Our whole focus is on looking the part, sounding the part and acting the part. It is all about playing a role for the very ones who placed you in the role to begin with. It is not about being called, anointed empowered and sent by God. It is not about authentic substance and character but about satisfying the prejudice expectations of those who presume to know what an evangelist or preacher should look like. Umm?
The devil has cleverly painted an image of what a preacher or evangelist should look like in our minds and many of us have bought into that stereotyped and propagandized imagery of Christian ministry – playing the role, dressing the part and reciting the prescribed script expected of us.
We need to remember that Jesus didn’t come imitating the Pharisees. Christ and his Apostles didn’t take on an image whereby anyone could tell who they were and what their ecclesiastical titles were just by looking at them. They were never burdened with trying to fit into an evil world’s prescribed roles for them or with trying to accommodate societal expectations of them or with trying to emulate some fabricated imagery of who they should be.
They were persecuted and some were tortured and murdered because they didn’t conform to what the world and her religious leaders thought that they should be.
Christ was even numbered among gluttons, sinners and drunkards. (Matthew 11:19)
From a totally Christian perspective, it is alright not to fit in with everything and everybody else that may call themselves Christian.
Just be who God called you to be and be like God called you to be. You don’t need to impress anyone or prove to anyone who you are in Christ. Just keep it real.
We need to remember that we are different by re-birth and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We should not be made ashamed of our divine uniqueness. And just because we all don’t look like what some people think that we should look like, we are no less Kingdom Children and we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a chosen race who serve as Priests for The Kingdom, a holy people, a redeemed assembly; boldly proclaiming the praises of him who called us from darkness into his excellent light.
Therefore, we “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Thus we are able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
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