FAME: the only qualification for spiritual leadership
In light of the recent news that Free Will Baptist Family Ministries cancelled a fundraising event featuring Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, I have heard a lot of arguing debate. These fights discussions have included opinions ranging from “being wasted is fine as long as you don’t hurt anybody” to “if you shop at a store that sells alcohol, you will burn eternally.” Fortunately, most of the verbal artillery discussion has been somewhere in between these extremes. I think we are discussing the wrong topic.
The discussion shouldn’t be about wine or even Christian liberty but why we have allowed stars of reality TV to be the public face of Christianity.
Don’t take that the wrong way. I’m not upset with the Robertson family. I am grateful for their witness on a national level. I love it when PGA golfers Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson speak openly about their devotion to Christ. I love it when Christ-followers in the public eye give glory to their Creator by shining the light of the Gospel.
What I am upset with is the obvious leadership void within American Christianity. This lack of strong spiritual direction has led us to act as if certain entertainers, athletes, and politicians are our guiding forces as a movement. We hang on their every word and rally behind them to defend them even in non-spiritual matters.
Don’t believe me? Over the past decade, how many times did you hear these names mentioned from pulpits or dropped into casual conversation as an example of what a Christian should be?
George W. Bush
Once again, my problem is not with people using their influence to promote Christianity. I am definitely for that. My problem is that Christendom is enthusiastically following public figures who are famous for something other than their walk with God or their strong interpretation of Scripture. The truth is that we need leaders. We need strong, passionate, visible Christians. We need people to rally the army of God. But our most influential leaders’ qualifications should be more than “You know that guy on TV? He’s a Christian.”