Why is everybody yelling?
Turn on the average church service on TV or radio and I would dare say most of the messages (if you want to call them that) are filled with yelling and screaming! Why? I really don't undstand what people are trying to accomplish. If we as followers of Christ and ministers are sharing "THE GOOD NEWS" then why the loud volume? Why the anger? If it is truly the GOOD NEWS, why are people so angry? This is a conviction that has come out of my own life. When I surrendered to the call of becoming a pastor, my pastor asked me to preach for him occasionally on Wednesday nights. People enjoyed hearing me and I felt God was using me. But my last chance to speak there before I went to Seminary, I thought I had "THE MESSAGE"-- I was going to let them have it! I had a cute opening that I stole from Rush Limbaugh and I was going to make every flame throwing preacher proud. Following my sermon, I felt empty. I lost the people. I could see it in their faces. I came across angry. Not at them but the way my message came across, IT WAS NOT GOOD NEWS! I vowed from that day on that I would allow the Holy Spirit and the Bible convict, not my actions or the volume of my voice. When I study the Bible, especially the New Testament, I don't see Jesus yelling. The only people he got angry with were the religious people who didn't live for God. He got angry with the hypocrites. When Jesus talked to Zacheus, the woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery and the thief on the cross--He had compassion. So why are we yelling? If we have good news shouldn't we be happy?
posted by Kevin Bussey at 1/16/2006 09:13:00 AM