Do you wonder why preacher’s who are the feel good preachers do so well? I started thinking about it last night.
“Feel good preachers” give people easy hope. Hope and Faith are gifts from God but I wouldn’t classify them as something that is easy. Believing in something you can’t see isn’t easy, if it was I think everyone would do it.
“Feel good preachers” tell people that everything is going to be ok, just stick with it, and pray.
Let’s face it, things aren’t easy. Cancer comes, cars die, people lose their jobs, husbands leave wives, moms abandon kids. It’s not always going to be easy, unless you have easy hope, a few choice scriptures that say “don’t worry, it’s going to be ok”.
I’m not putting down any scripture, there are some I turn to or come across that warm my heart, however, there are some that really challenge me, and sometimes, they are the same scripture. Think about Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. So what does that say to you? Dedicate what you do to God, and it’s going to work out? Or does it say to you, Commit to the Lord, and your plans will succeed (because they are His plans)? Either way it’s not easy, but I think the first is easier, because it could be thought that if I just give my plans to the Lord, I’m good.
People have been beat down by religion. And by religion I don’t mean Jesus, I mean the rules and man made regulations of religion. I remember inviting the clerk at the photo counter to Metro (he had a red Mohawk) and his response “I hate religion”, I simply replied “me too, but I LOVE Jesus”. He hasn’t come yet, but everytime I am there, and he is, I invite him again. People like “Feel good preachers” because I think “Feel good preachers” tell people what they want to hear – it’s ok if you screw up, but it’s going to be ok.
Well, you know what? Sometimes it’s just not ok. Sometimes, friends and families die, husbands do not come back, moms leave their children, never to return. It happens, and it sucks, but it’s not ok. But there is always hope. Hope to make it through. That hope, Jesus.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.