Roast preacher? Maybe you’ve never heard of it. This is one of the easiest dishes you can prepare. You can prepare and consume roast preacher anywhere and at any time. No appliances required. All you need is ill intent, a gossiping tongue, and a voice to project it. You may or may not be surprised that it is a very popular dish. People consume it at home, church, work, and tons of community events. Do you want to find out more?
I first heard the term “roast preacher” used by one of my former pastors. He spoke of some divisive people in his congregation who spoke ill of him. Their son was struggling with a lifestyle that dishonors God. This couple went to another city and church where they belittled the pastor in front of their son, and the pastor had lost credibility with the son due to his parents belittling the pastor’s every move.
Why do church members have “roast preacher”? The biggest thing I see is that people who attend church often have unbiblical expectations of a pastor. What might those unbiblical expectations be?
- The Bible says nothing about a pastor visiting people. Churches demand that so they can justify (in their minds) giving him a paycheck. Read Ephesians 4. It says that pastors equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Makes sense, right? A pastor leaves, so the people continue doing what they have always done (if they are doing what the Bible says). Otherwise, you have a church that depends on a pastor (or what they view as a paid professional) to do what every Christian is supposed to do. When he leaves, they are up in arms because they listen to the Bible but don’t obey it. I’m not against visiting people. In all honesty, I hate the term “visit”. It works great for me as a hospice chaplain, but I would prefer to say I’m just stopping by to hang out. I feel like pastoral visits often make people uncomfortable in their own home. I am just as willing for my family to hang out with your family at a park, go out to eat together, etc. Remove the pretense.
- The Bible gives the same qualifications for the pastor as it does for all believers for the most part. No believer should be exempt from godly character. Don’t expect your pastor to walk on water when you aren’t willing to step into a bathtub.
I have seen so much damage done by people who say they have been changed by the Lord and constantly badmouth other people. We all mess up in this area at times, but there is a serious problem if you can do this without sensing God dealing with you about it.
To those who are called to pastor, you may want to find out about a church before you consider being their pastor. They may be premiere chefs at roast preacher prep. All I can hear are the lyrics, “Oh here she comes. Watch out boy, she’ll chew you up. Oh here she comes. She’s a man eater.” Don’t fall prey to a preacher-eating church unless you know for a fact God has called you there. As for me, I prefer not to be a cannibal.