Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Pastors Do Not Minister to Human Changing Desires


Chicago

As a pastor....

I am not the minister of peoples' changing desires,

or time-conditioned understanding of our needs, 

or secularized hopes for something thing better. 

I am lashed tight to the mast of word and sacrament so I will  be unable to respond to the siren voices of relevance. 

I deal with foundational realities - God, kingdom, gospel. 

If I give in to the ever-shifting sands of populism I'll end up living a futile, fantasy life. 

My task is to keep telling the basic story, representing the presence of the Spirit, insisting on the priority of God, speaking the biblical words of command and promise and invitation."

- Adapted from Eugene H. Peterson. Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity (Kindle Locations 244-249).