Originally posted on Be The Hands and Feet:
What are two (2) truths I realized that tremendously helped me in my spiritual walk and overcoming darkness?
1) Everyone lies. 99% of people lie or live lies. Yes, it’s that many. Even the people that you think are super holy and have actually done so much good for people – yes, even they sometimes are under judgment of the LORD. Why? Simply b/c of motive, intent, and perhaps they are not truly dealing honestly and justly with others. Did you know that a very high percentage of those graduating from seminaries around the country don’t really believe? Being a pastor is supposedly a good, clean job. How did this truth help my walk? It helped me to understand people. Truth is not the native tongue. And most people don’t know what they are talking about. They may have a nice voice or have learned the skill of communicating, but they don’t truly think. Why is that? Because they are ‘captive’ by the money system or as the Bible calls it Mammon. It can also be thought of as immaturity. Just because people say they are spiritual, say they believe even, say this happened and they had this vision or more. They could just be lying. So what do people really want? Mostly they want to part with your money. Most everyone just wants that, and the most creative ones can come up with incredibly sophisticated and elaborate ways to get your money. In sports they say, “Keep your eye on the ball!” Well, keep your eye on your money. You do that, and you’ll mostly be okay. That is actually a quote from a Jazz musician, Dell, in the movie, That Thing You Do. Very true and well said, sir.
Does this mean I am saying pastors don’t deserve a pay? Noooo. There are many pastors doing wonderful work making a real difference in people’s lives and changing the world. But there are also many pastors doing nothing, putting on a show, and using subtle manipulations to create a living for themselves. And then there is a spectrum or rainbow of all different types and different abilities of pastors, all of whom GOD loves. GOD loves everyone. Everyone deserves to have a good life. That is the beauty of America over say, Asia. In Asia, the norm is slave life. People don’t have fundamental rights, they don’t feel deserving of anything, and they don’t treat each other civilly or decently or respectful quite often.