“Evangelical churches today are, more often than not, characterized by a cult of personality–whether that of the pastor, the worship leader, the worship team, etc.–when the dominant person and personality in any and every church service should be that of our Lord and Savior as expressed through the various members of His body. It seems that our liturgies, the entertainment theology that pervades our services, and our lack of understanding of what it means to be the Incarnational Church all have contributed to this troubling trend.”

This is so true! America loves its idols.

I just had a talk with Button on this topic in the car this morning. She was asking where Niki is this week and I told her that he had to take some time this week to prepare sermons and better pastor the church. She said, “But I thought I was going to be the pastor?” I said, “Yes, you can be the pastor when you grow up. You’re well on your way to it now, but you’re not quite ready for that yet.”

Then she said, “Mama, can I ask you something?” (always a set up for a “difficuwt question.”)

“Sure, Button.”

“Mama, can girls be pastors too?”

“Oh, yes, Button. Of course they can. You can be a pastor when you grow up. Mama’s a pastor, too.”

“You are? Then what do we call you? Pastor Kelly?”

“Yeah, that’s okay.”

“How bout Pastor Mama?”

“That’s fine, too. But I really don’t like being called Pastor because the bible says that’s a title reserved for Jesus. I really don’t like titles.”

“Why don’t you like titles, Mama?”

“Because it takes the focus away from God and turns it to a person. People start thinking the person with the title is special and they put them up on a pedestal and start looking to them rather than Jesus. And that’s how people with titles become idols. I don’t want to be an idol to anyone.”

“Oh, you don’t want them worshipping you rather than Jesus?”

“That’s right, Button.”

“I don’t want that either.”