This is a post that I have much reservation about. I would never set myself up as a judge.
During the last year or so the subject has come up in my circles concerning Christians and Alcohol. I belong to a network of churches and ministers that have long held that Christians should abstain from alcohol. It was during my research that I first learned of a particular, very influential pastor.
He is the founding pastor of a mega church and is one of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors. His audience-fans and critics alike-span the theological and cultural left and right. This pastor was named one of the 25 Most Influential Pastors of the past 25 years by preaching magazine, and his sermons are consistently at the top on iTunes each week for Religion & Spirituality with over 10 million of downloads each year.”
I shared the information above from an internet site to establish the amount of credibility and influence this pastor has. I must tell you that in reading some of his stuff and listening to many of his podcast I enjoy most of what he has to say.
My problem with him is over alcohol. By his own admission he was never a drinker. Not in High School or College.
In a podcast that I listened to and a video I watched where alcohol was the subject this pastor admitted that he never drank until about three years ago.
Here is my problem. One of the most influential pastors in the world who is especially influential with young adults never drank but now has decided to be a drinker. My question is why?
If you were never a drinker why would you as an adult who is a Christian leader decide to start drinking?
I have a problem with alcohol. You can read my post Christians and Alcohol to see my argument. But let me pose this question. How many young Christians have decided to drink because a pastor or other Christian does? How many of those young Christians who may have never been drinkers but now are because of a pastor or another Christians influence become alcoholics? How many of them will never be able to influence another person to come to Christ because of alcohol? How many of them will die because of alcohol?
I believe God has called Christians to a higher standard. I also believe that men and women of God who have been given influence over others are called maybe even to a little higher standard.
From what I have learned of this pastor he is a great man with a heart for souls. He is a gifted speaker, writer and leader. My hat is off to him for what he has accomplished in his young life. I hope in the years to come I could gain just a fraction of the influence that he has already gained. I just don’t understand why?
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