What say ye? Many people are sounding off about the upcoming docu-series, Preachers of LA, so I'll add my two cents.
Like some, my first thoughts on the series was that this is not going to be good. However, I've learned never to judge a book by it's cover. As I watched scenes from the series at the Chicago Preachers of LA luncheon and press conference and heard the comments from Deitrick Haddon, Pastors Jay Haizlip and Ron Gibson, my thoughts changed.
I'm reminded of the story in the Bible when Moses and Aaron were before Pharoah and Aaron threw his rod down, as God had commanded him, and it became a serpent. Then Pharoah called his "wise men", "sorcerers" and "magicians" to do the same thing. When it was all said and done, Aaron's rod destroyed the others. God used Elijah to testify of God's power when he challenged the prophets of Baal. He said, "I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God." Both parties presented their offerings, but only Elijah's offering was consumed by fire.
You might say, why are you bringing up all these scriptures? Well, I believe God is God and He can do anything He wants to do when He gets ready. I believe He'll use whatever medium He wants to use to get His message across. Now, regardless of our personal opinions and "judgments", God has the final say.
To digress, at the luncheon/press conference there were scenes shown that showed the "Preachers" in their element of ministry. They showed their various platforms to minister to people to bring them to the kingdom. There was one scene in particular that really got me fired up. The scene was where the "Preachers" met at Ron Gibson's "man cave" to fellowship. Fellowship turned into a heated discussion and one of the "Preachers" leaving. The "hot topic" was honorariums and each Preacher had their say on why they felt the amount they ask for is needful or not. Let me say this was a needful conversation to be had. Some may say that this should stay behind closed doors and not be discussed openingly, but others believe that they should know where these "Preachers" stand on this issue. I'll commend Deitrick Haddon on his diligence to deal with this subject. Ministers are servants and if you're not using your platform to serve the people you pastor or come in contact with then your ministry is void. The seriousness of the position of "Minister", "Preacher" or "Pastor" should not be taken lightly or used to take the of advantage of the souls of mankind.
As my mother would say, "It'll all come out in the wash." I'll say, "let God be God and we will definitely see the fruit."
Preachers of LA premieres on the Oxygen network on Wednesday, October 9th at 10/9c.
Reference: Exodus 7:7-13; 1 Kings 18:17-39