I accidentally invented a game this week.
I’m calling it, “Try To Talk To Pastor”.
Here’s how to play:
- Pay attention to stuff your Pastor says: This requires listening to a sermon. You don’t have to take notes. Just stop scrolling through Facebook during Sunday morning service.
- Think about stuff your Pastor says: Even people with the word “Pastor” on their office door can be unclear or mistaken. Try following along when scripture is referenced. (If scripture is never referenced…think about that!)
- Come up with a question: Questions are helpful tools for increasing understanding. (Asking, “Why are there no scripture references in this sermon?” will help you understand why Pastor’s words are preferred over God’s.)
- Try to ask the Pastor your question: This will require a strategy.
You can’t interrupt a sermon with a question!
Are you nuts?!!!
Shame on you for even THINKING that.
You can’t just walk up and talk to Pastor.
The Pastor is super-busy doing Pastor-Type-Things-That-You-Can’t-Understand-Because-You’re-Not-A-Professional-Christian.
There are a lot of things on the Pastor’s mind.
Asking your question while he’s overwhelmed with the burden of the Gospel would be rude.
You can’t speak to Pastor during the week.
The Pastor is super-busy doing Office-Type-Things-That-Require-Prayerful-Focus-That-You-Can’t-Understand-Because-Etc…
Study time is sacred to the Pastor.
Your Pastor spends hours online searching for just the right sermon.
It takes time to wrestle with the Holy Spirit’s conviction of plagiarism.
You can’t call the Pastor’s cell phone.
That number is private.
The Pastor is super-busy Sharing-The-Love-Of-Christ-And-Must-Not-Be-Interrupted-Because-Blah-Blah-Blah…
You can’t email the Pastor.
The Pastor can’t possibly answer all those emails!
You can’t contact Pastor via social media.
It would put Pastor on the spot to ask your question publicly!
If you launch a question at the Pastor on Facebook you’ll be unfriended.
If you ask why you were unfriended, you’ll be blocked.
(BTW: When you’re blocked…you lose the game.)
And that’s how you play, “Try To Talk To Pastor”.
The level of challenge depends on your Pastor.
Don’t write to me saying stuff like, “Pastor answered my question immediately on Sunday morning.”
That’s nothing to brag about.
Some Pastors make the game too easy.
To play at the expert level, go to a mega-church.
Go where the pastor is a celebrity.
Go where the Pastor has written more books than the Apostle Paul.
If you can question that Pastor…
…you’ll both win.