Friday, November 18, 2011

The Entertainment Platform versus the Pulpit

Spending numerous years in the entertainment business allowed me to see the best (or probably the worst) in people. The entertainment platform is centrally focused around selling tickets or advertisement. In the process of increasing ratings there is a parallel that takes place. The entertainer has a tendency to become self-focused and prideful. This is partially due to the fact that the personality or actor essentially plays the "popularity" game. The more popular, the greater the ratings.

There is a vast difference when it comes to the pulpit and the one who occupies it. Even though the pulpit is a platform that stands before groups of people, the central focus is not the speaker but rather God Himself. Therefore, there is no room for a self-focusing spotlight. Pride cannot even play a part in the life of the minister. If by chance he becomes self-focused and self-presenting, then there is great potential to create a congregation who will be just like him. The result is an attitude to be served rather than to serve.

C.S. Lewis once said "to humble oneself before God means becoming so aware of the greatness and reality of God that the self falls into its proper perspective, certainly not at the center, but infinitely worthy and precious because God is fully present and in control."

Christian, you also have a platform. You can either point to yourself or point to Jesus. Think about the message you are conveying and ask yourself the question "who am I pointing to?"

In Christ,
Doug Johnson
www.dougjohnson.net