So it’s campaign season very early this year. And it always loathes me when they start visiting churches. Really, how churches treat people who are earthly popular irritates me a great deal. I have never ever and I mean never ever found a church that acts appropriately when the rich and powerful enter the assembly of the saints. So lets see what an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ was inspired to write by God through the Holy Spirit.
|James 2:1-9 (New King James Version)
The bottom line is, just because someone has money or is recognized by the general public, does not mean they receive special treatment from the church at our meetings. We should not hold any special place for them. We should not allow them to utilize our assembly to play up themselves. If the truth is being preached, no pastor needs to recommend anything to a member regarding voting. When a well known celebrity or athlete enters the assembly, they should not be treated better than the poorest person at the meeting/service. Jesus holds poor saints in HIGH regard and for us to put anyone before them for the sake of that well known person’s earthly stature, we do a disservice to the Lord. When we put the earthly powerful before the least of us, we do no better than what the heathen would do who seeks earthly favor.
This problem is epidemic throughout the body of Christ. We must work to correct it.
It’s so bad, that I now attend church meetings and see people fanning themselves with fans that have the names of politicians and corporations on them. Our assembly should reflect the love of the Lord, which does not show favoritism. Even fans at our assemblies should glorify the Lord, or be blank!
If someone who is known desires to visit our assembly, grant them an available seat in the general congregation. If that is not acceptable to them, tell them we don’t give special seating and they must accept open seating like everyone else. If someone in a good seat desires to give their seat to the well known person, ask the person with the seat if they would have done that for a poor person, we know the answer, so no seat swapping for the rich. Give no special recognition to them during services, that’s as bad as sitting them in front of everyone. So of course they should not get special time to address the saints, none is given to the poor. Church announcement time (for churches that dedicate time to special announcements) is for announcements related to the body of Christ, not the activities of others. Once the meeting/service is over, the earthly rich and powerful should be shown the door, like everyone else, without being given an opportunity to grand stand at the close of the service. And once the saints exit the assembly, don’t allow politicians to even pander in the parking lot and no celebrity autograph time either. If they come to our assembly it should be for the purpose of giving honor to God and once that is done, they can go home like everyone else.
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