Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Pat

Greetings Beloved,

Historically the Church It has been the catalyst for change within society. Ironically it is also true that it is the church where resistance to change is also rooted.

In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Rev. Dr. King was writing to the church, which had chastised and condemned his prophetic ministry.

Here we are more than 60 years later, looking for a leader to step up and lead us out of the multitude of pandemics which have descended upon us. And just like Dr. King, pastors today face the same dilemma he faced: speaking truth to the Church. The resistance we face has not resulted in our jailing, but has indeed added to the burden we already promised God we would carry. Don’t preach about vaccines! Enough about race already! The pulpit is no place for politics! And for the love of God take off those dangling earrings! Perhaps not what Dr. King addressed in his letter, but pushback nonetheless.

Why does this matter? For those of us who take seriously the vows of our ordination, preaching is not meant to be popular, but prophetic. It is through the voices of God’s called that God speaks, calling truth to power, even if that power is the Church.

Scripture reminds us that folk would much rather hear the soothing sound of words that coddle rather than the uncomfortable tickle of prophetic truth (see 2 Timothy 4:3-4). But do not worry beloved. Resistance is the sign of movement, the stirring up of what has settled beneath the surface. Resistance says there is an energy trying to find its place. Resistance is the sign of life pushing its way to the forefront.

Resistance without purpose could lead to rebellion. Resistance heard and guided, may lead to resurrection.

-- Pastor Pat