Kathy had called. I was in the shower so couldn’t take the call. I called her back.
“hello Kathy are you ready for the conference”?
“Not quite yet but I’ll be in a while. Do you want to pick me up…or?”
I’ll get you. Better be ready when I get there. It’s gonna be crowded and we need to get a good spot”
She laughed heartily. “Sure I’ll be waiting when you arrive”.
“Okay dear.” She can be a drag sometimes but she’s great company to have around especially on a day like this.
Word had gone around over the internet, Facebook, twitter and the news outlets, that a great Man of God was coming to town, the greatest evangelist that ever lived and was touring many cities in many countries of the world.
And indeed so many people and nations gathered here in the city of Houston, Texas to hear him preach. The Church has never been this excited, and so were many church leaders from the numerous Mega churches in the country and the world. They came in from Dallas, Louisiana, Atlanta, Washington DC, North Carolina and even from some African nations like Nigeria, and cities far and near to hear this wonderful evangelist. No one had ever seen or heard him preach face to face.
The leaders of the Pentecostal movement, Pastors of the well-known mega churches and dignitaries of Christian Broadcast Networks were ushered into seats in the front row as expected. They had flown in with their private jets, others had driven in their Lincolns, Cadillacs, Mercedes a Benz’s, Lamborghini and it was a spectacle to see them descend on our city. It was phenomenal. Nothing quite like it has ever been seen or heard before.
Countless regular, everyday people like my friend and I were in attendance; the disciples, you know the followers of Christ, the church goers, members of those mega churches and believers all around who could make their way here. This was promising to be a first of its kind extraordinary event…
renowned praise and worship leaders led the worship. It was out of this world. Heaven came down and glory filled the place…
Then the message came forth and all were in awe, mouths were agape, jaws dropped, for none had been quite as direct, they all recognized him.
And he spoke to the crowd….
‘The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses, …Kathy whispered into my ears “in today’s parlance that would be the word of God or the bible right?” “right” I replied.
‘ So, practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example’
“Really? What an indictment, and repudiation of the religious folks” Kathy spoke in my ears again.”Oh boy!, the first jab falls and some of those Juggernaut preachers must have flinched in their seats.”
and he went on;
‘For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden’.
“Woo, woo, woo! more and more jabs keep falling and it feels like Mohammed Ali in the boxing ring landing those body blows and upper cuts weakening his opponents.” Kathy keeps talking. I don’t know how to stop her. It’s so distracting and funny at the same time.
The man of God continued;
‘Everything they do is for show….
Aha! I almost jumped out of my seat. It was a good jab. Ironically, those front seated religious big wigs kept getting up in standing ovation. Are they blind and tone-deaf? They must not hear him. He’s talking about them. Can’t they get it?