We're living in times where words matter and can make the difference. There is no greater word for me than the Message of Redemption and Hope in Scripture. My journey has not been an easy one, but God's Word has guided and helped me through each step. Maybe, as I share what the Lord has done in my journey, you too will find strength and peace as you go on. May the words I write bless you in some way.
The Marionette in the
After a few words of introduction, the speaker begins sharing
about their week, a simple joke, or commenting on events going on in the world,
a change in tone takes place, facial expressions become deep, and the Book, the
Word, is opened to show everyone where THE MESSAGE will be coming from that
The moment the preacher speaks, it seems strings connected
to his left arm are pulled. Sweat begins to form on his forehead as he speaks
about surrendering to the Lord and listening to God’s Spirit. The speaker
clears his throat, looks around, and decides to start again. He looks at his
notes, breathes a small prayer, and once more begins to speak on living a life
that is sold out to the Lord, willing to give it all because He gave His all
for everyone present, everyone in the world.
A much stronger pull comes from the right and it seems
strings are pulling at the preacher from more places this time. Then the
strongest one comes pulling full force upon his heart, and he sighs. The
speaker lowers his head in sign of submission and the Master Puppeteer smiles
and speaks softly.
“If you say those things you wrote in your notes, they’re
going to get up and leave.”
“If you keep talking that way, someone is going to email you
and tell you they’re going to find another church to belong to.”
“If you don’t stop saying Jesus and Praise the Lord, your highest tithing
family and all your leaders will ask for a meeting. They’ll stop giving
offerings. You don’t want to be in the situation. Do you?”
“Look at your leaders. You know they've stood with you when
everyone else left you. What do they really want to hear today? Remember three
of them are not really living for their Savior, but you’re helping them work it
out. Talk about working it out by hanging out more after church.”
Up and down, the preacher’s head nods, being directed from
upward strings held by the master puppeteer, the voice of deceit, fear, and
The pastor sadly smiles, and says, “Brothers and sisters, I feel
the Lord leading me to change my message this morning. God is love. God just
wants us to love each other. He wants you to feel good. He’s not sitting on His
throne thinking about what you do. He just wants you to enjoy your life. Live your
life to the fullest. God loves everyone. Hey, some people say all you need to
do is work hard at doing good things.”
The Marionette is in the Pulpit. You've seen him. You've seen her. Strings and all.
Message after message is changed. Fear grips the heart and
the Marionette only speaks what will sound right and feel good.
message is disregarded. The call to being holy and living life for a Jesus that
is ready to come back is placed in the garbage, and the Marionette glories in
the praises of men.
The Messenger decides to please the crowd, to keep his wealthy
and well employed tithing leaders. The minister decides to hold on to being
popular and not obedient. The speaker prefers to change the message God spoke
to them in prayer and instead speak a word that will make everyone happy.
kind of preacher or teacher will you continue to be