I hope that you will take 62 seconds to watch the video embedded in this article, then come back and read what I have to say about it.
Disgusted? Well, I am. I’m shocked and ashamed by the actions and words of the “priest” in this video. But wait, my disgust has generated another thought that I want you to consider. Do you have the same feelings of shame, disgust, and shock when some of our brothers and sisters in the pews do the same thing? Don’t tell me that you haven’t heard of Christians skipping worship services for a ball game. Why is it that attendance in many churches will drop on the Sunday night of the Super Bowl? (Even in a day and age when we have DVR’s) Why is it that parents as well as youth will be absent from worship services when their sports calendar conflicts with our scheduled times of worship?
Is it more offensive when we see a “priest” do it? Is that the difference? If it is, then maybe we had better rethink what the Bible teaches about the priesthood of all believers. Have we forgotten that every Christian is a priest (1 Peter 2:9)? There is no such thing as a clergy/laity distinction in New Testament Christianity. Every Christian is a priest and has priestly responsibilities to fulfill.
We’ve often heard the expression, “Practice what you preach,” and it’s good advice. But I’ve also wondered what it might look like if preachers would “preach what the church practices.” I’m afraid that this is what it might look like, at least among some brethren.
If you find the actions of the man in this video as being outrageous, you should. They are. But it’s just as outrageous when the “priests in the pews” practice the same thing. Don’t be desensitized to sin. Discipline yourselves to abhor it (Romans 12:9) whether it’s practiced in the pulpit or the pew.