On Facebook there is an application that can allow you to become a fan of a person or group. Usually athletes, actors, politicians, and music groups have fan pages. A while ago I realized that there were fan pages for pastors. It struck me oddly and still does. Being able to listen to gifted preachers from other parts of the country (and world) is a great tool that we have access to. However, my fear is that we have possibly taken a good thing and made it an ultimate thing. Well, in this case, have taken good preachers are and making them ultimate preachers.
I have been personally convicted of this. If I’m not careful podcasts, vodcasts, blogs, and books can take the place of Scripture, prayer, community, and mission.
Here are a few question I ask myself after watching or listening to a sermon from a pastor that I can very easily become a fan of:
Does this lead me to following Christ or following the preacher?
Does this motivate me to be on mission or to listen to more sermons?
Am I allowing this message to have application in my life?
Am I moved by the content or the way it was presented (delivery, emotion, humor, etc)?
Do I/will I remember this in a few days?
Is my desire to read scripture, or hear this preacher(s)?
Am I more likely to quote and reference Scripture or a sermon?