"Some Christian magazines have become a
moderated rumor ridden version of the grocery store tabloid. Rather
than report on the hottest Hollywood headliner, “our” Christian
Tabloids focus on defaming our well-known Christian “celebrities”.
They seem to be less about ministering to the Body of Christ and more
about brining attention to almost any preacher that can be targeted
with a scandalous headline".
Recently I received an issue of a Christian magazine that we
subscribe to. As I began thumbing through it, a particular article
caught my attention. It focused on a prominent Pastor who had been
having a very difficult time in his personal life. The reason this
article was of interest to me is because the “grapevine” had already
alerted me to his troubles.
Once I began reading, I thought to myself, “Now, I can finally get
the whole story.” For the next few minutes, I was engrossed with all the
private, intimate, questionable, and ugly details of this Pastor’s
personal life. I found out all the missing pieces that the “grapevine”
excluded and also learned extra juicy tidbits that hadn’t yet hit the
By the time I finished the article, I felt pretty sure that I now
knew the whole “truth.” And not only I, but also the rest of the Body of
Christ knows what a phony this Pastor has been. Now, properly armed with
the “facts”, his congregation can justifiably strip him of his pulpit,
revoke his license, and bury him in the popular land-fill of Christian
scandals. Once again, the pen was mightier than the sword in its triumph
in silencing another man of God who was preaching the gospel of Jesus
Christ. Kudos to the victor? I DON’T THINK SO!.
Immediately, God began to speak to me about my desire to read an
article such as this. God questioned my heart and asked, “Why are you so
curious about the personal details of this Pastors life?” “How do you
know that what you just read is the truth?” “How do you know if the
writer even knows this Pastor?” And the questions continued. But the
most sobering question the Lord asked me was, “How would you feel if
this article was written about you?”
I pondered that question for quite a while, allowing myself to
experience what it might feel like to read personal details about myself
in a nationally circulated magazine. It’s difficult to imagine how I
would react to false statements being printed about me, my husband, and
my family. Would it be best to ignore it and hope it will quickly fade
away? Either way, the problem lies in the fact that once information has
reached the printed page, most readers consider it the gospel truth!
What kind of Christians have we become? What kind of vile appetites
have we developed? The Word of God charges us to desire the sincere milk
of the Word that we may grow.
1 Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may
grow thereby.” But instead, we’re acting
like cannibalistic creatures feeding on the leftovers of our
brothers and sisters in the Lord whom the Devil has devoured.
1 Peter 5:8, “Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
Have we forgotten what the
Bible teaches, or just chose to ignore it? The Word of God is
clear when it makes a distinction in the behavior of a Christian
and non-Christian. We are called Light, not Dark.
Ephesians 5:8, “For
ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in Lord: walk
as children of light:” We are to walk in the Spirit, not in the
Galatians 5:16, “This
I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the
lust of the flesh.” And we should exhibit the fruit of the
Spirit, not the works of flesh.
Galatians 5:19, “Now the works of the
flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication,
“Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies,”
“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of
the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time
past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the
kingdom of God."
Galatians 5:22, “But
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,”
Galatians 5:23, “
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Galatians 5:24, “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.”
Galatians 5:25, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:26, “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying
Some Christian magazines have become a moderated rumor ridden version of the grocery
store tabloid. Rather than report on the hottest Hollywood
headliner, “our” Christian Tabloids focus on defaming our
well-known Christian “celebrities”. They seem to be less about
ministering to the Body of Christ and more about brining
attention to almost any preacher that can be targeted with a
Where does the blame lie? If there is anyone to blame, does it lie with the magazines or
the readers? Certainly, us readers should not crave such garbage
and Christian magazines should not supply it. The Word of God
say to “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth”.
Ephesians 4:29, “ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of you mouth, but that
which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace
unto the hearers.”
I believe our lives as Christians
should be lived in a deliberate manner. We must be vigilant to
guard our spirits against the snare of conforming to the habits
of the world.
Romans 12:2, “And be
not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
God calls us to higher
living. We are suppose to esteem others better than ourselves.
How can any of us dare to dissect the life of a fellow servant
of God when we know the only reason we’re able to live in peace
is because of the protection of God’s mercy.
What should our response be when hearing of situations such as this Pastor suffered? The
Word of God gives a precise response in Galatians 6:1-10. Read
the passage again, just as I did, and let us all respond with
that Spirit of meekness that God requires of us in the future.
In addition to this, let’s refocus from vain subject matters to
pursuing our corporate and personal destinies. We have a mandate
connected to our existence on this earth and that is to reach
the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot allow
ourselves to be ignorant of Satan’s devices that destroy the
Kingdom of God. We must dwell together in unity, refuse to be
gossipers, and boldly fulfill our God given destiny to reach
this dying generation.