A few weeks ago I saw a handful of my friends from church sharing this article from Relevant Magazine, called “Five Really Bad Reasons To Leave Your Church” written by Aaron Loy.
People were saying things like “Wow, I never thought of that before.” It was interesting because the FIRST reason Mr. Loy gives as a BAD reason to leave your church is “I am not getting fed.”
If you don’t know what that means, here is a definition. Not getting “fed” at church is a metaphor–The Bible is our daily bread, we are the sheep, and the pastor is supposed to feed us. So, if you are not getting fed that means that either the pastor is not teaching the Bible. Or that the “bread” that he is giving you is stale.
If the word is stale. That would also mean not fresh. He isn’t putting work into preparing the sermon. He isn’t sitting in prayer, seeking God’s heart on the teaching. He is not digging deep into the text and highlighting the deep nourishing meaning. He is not waiting for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
It would be the equivalent of him either giving moldy bread, OR just throwing a bag of flour out at the congregation.
He needs to prepare it. It takes time. It takes effort. It takes waiting on the Lord to allow it to rise. It takes care. It means not just serving something you served last month, because you were too lazy to prepare something fresh.
That is what it means when we say, “I am not being fed.”
Well guess what?
Apparently, that is okay.
The hip way of looking at it, is to say this I suppose:
Do pastors have a responsibility to steward the scriptures and care for their church spiritually? You bet they do. And it can be all too easy to overlook this while trying to manage staff, build systems, meet needs, put out fires and develop leaders, all while overseeing the overall vision and direction of the church. But let’s be honest, if you own a smartphone, a personal computer or a library card, you have access to some of the best preaching and teaching in the world. You can even find teaching archives of some of the greatest preachers of all time. Christian, you have access to more “meat” than any other generation before you!
YOUR PRIMARY CALL IN THE CHURCH IS TO CONTRIBUTE, NOT JUST TO CONSUME.
To leave a church because you’re not getting “enough” is a cop out. Your primary call in the church is to contribute, not just to consume. As a Christian, you shouldn’t require spoon-feeding for the rest of your life. Eventually you need to learn how to feed yourself so that, in time, you can actually feed others. Remember, your call is not just to be a disciple but to make disciples.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/5-really-bad-reasons-leave-your-church#lqpYaVR3BDugUj5H.99
He begins by saying that pastors have the responsibility to feed the sheep.
But THEN he says, it gets overlooked because the pastor is really too busy managing his church empire. “And it can be all too easy to overlook this while trying to manage staff, build systems, meet needs, put out fires and develop leaders, all while overseeing the overall vision and direction of the church.”
He goes on to say that if the pastor is too busy building systems, well that is okay because you probably can listen to a podcast. So you should just keep supporting a pastor financially through tithing, even though he doesn’t think you are important enough to feed a fresh word. “But let’s be honest, if you own a smartphone, a personal computer or a library card, you have access to some of the best preaching and teaching in the world. You can even find teaching archives of some of the greatest preachers of all time. Christian, you have access to more “meat” than any other generation before you!”
Then he goes further. The next step is to INSULT you for not being fed. He says, “To leave a church because you’re not getting “enough” is a cop out. Your primary call in the church is to contribute, not just to consume. As a Christian, you shouldn’t require spoon-feeding for the rest of your life.”
Wow. This guy is providing a great resource [for lazy pastors] by shaming the starving church into accepting a spiritual anorexia, “At least you will be skinny!” wink-wink.
What a jerk!
I can’t believe this guy.
And what Scripture does he base this on?
Just his hip opinion.
Good thing he is so relevant.
Well, what would Jesus say about this????
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[c] do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
It is a pastors duty to feed the sheep. If he isn’t doing it, for whatever reason then he is fleecing the sheep. He is profiting off of a starving flock. He is a hireling. A good shepherd will give his life for the sheep.
A bad shepherd doesn’t even care if a wolf is coming.
If you are not being fed, don’t rely on podcasts or radio programs. Get out. Leave. Find a pastor who cares. You deserve it.
Now, I am not saying that we are not supposed to eat the Word of God at home. We must do that. But we should also expect a gourmet, flavorful, fresh meal served to us at church each week.
We don’t keep going to restaurants that serve lousy meals. Why should we feel guilted into staying in a church with lousy sermons? THAT IS INSANE!!!
And, you might want to read the rest of that dumb article; he makes a couple other horrible points like–you shouldn’t leave a church just because you don’t believe everything the pastor teaches.
This is all part of the insanity of the mega church celebrity entitlement creeping into the body of Christ.