Currently a particular lady had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered numerous points from numerous physicians … When she became aware of Jesus, she came behind Him in the group and also touched His garment … And also Jesus, instantly recognizing in Himself that power had headed out of Him, turned around in the crowd and also said, “Who touched My clothes?” However His disciples stated to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, as well as You say, ‘Who touched Me?'” Mark 5:25 -27; 30-31
I do not learn about you, however I’ve always asked yourself why preachers, like medicine barons, have bodyguards. Not just do some preachers take a trip with armed bodyguards, however some even have these bodyguards on the pulpit or around the pulpit, in church! This pleads the concern, “Why does a preacher need bodyguards in church, as well as however on the platform or around the pulpit?”
Just recently, I unintentionally came across an article on a website that featured an interview with Diocesan Noel Jones, Priest of City of Refuge in Los Angeles, California. A specific paragraph in the post captured my focus. Concerning Diocesan Jones, the author created:
” Several actors, starlets, singers, and also various other celebrities attend his church. He himself travels with armed bodyguards. On a common Sunday morning there are numerous bodyguards present, two of whom exist on the church platform. The others are usually quietly placed in the church building.”
In the context of the post, the author was impressed by the fact that celebrities participate in Diocesan Jones’ church. Yet a lot more so, he was impressed by the reality that international bodyguard service Diocesan Jones has equipped bodyguards! As if God offers special honors to the preacher with one of the most celebrities in attendance, or the most armed bodyguards.
Currently, I do not recognize if the writer is a Christian or otherwise. However the fact that he thinks that a preacher having actually equipped bodyguards is impressive mentions his spiritual maturity, more so his understanding (or do not have thereof) of the Bible or the life of Jesus and also the Very Early Disciples. Yet the writer is not the issue here. The issue right here is the idea of preachers having bodyguards.
Why does a preacher need an armed bodyguard? Is it because of a preacher’s hard-hitting, out of favor as well as debatable sermons? Is it because of a preacher’s aggressive environment? Or is it just because of a preacher’s vanity, as well as his/her obsession for things of the globe and to look like the globe?
When you think of it, a lot of preachers with armed bodyguards don’t drop in the category of those preachers with hard-hitting, unpopular, questionable preachings. Much of their lectures are anything yet questionable or undesirable. Matter of fact, a lot of these preachers preach to the gallery, i.e.; they preach what individuals wish to hear: prosperity, recovery, self-empowerment, etc. So, why would certainly a people-pleasing preacher have equipped bodyguards?
I may somewhat be sympathetic towards a compelling, undesirable and also questionable preacher, living in an aggressive environment, having bodyguards. Say a preacher in Iraq or Saudi Arabia or a few other countries that are aggressive to Christianity. Yet not preachers who teach what individuals wish to listen to, and also living in the freest nation on the planet – America.
Speaking of compelling, unpopular and controversial preachers, no person was hard-hitting, undesirable or controversial as Jesus Christ and the Early Devotees, yet none had bodyguards. In fact these guys were so controversial and unpopular that they were killed for their unpopular trainings.
If anybody required bodyguards, I think it would certainly have been Jesus and a few of the Early Adherents; as a result of their unpopular trainings and also because they preached in hostile settings. Yet they really did not. Actually, when Peter tried to imitate Jesus’ bodyguard when He was jailed before His crucifixion, Jesus ripped him for removing the ear of among the males that involved jail Him, and also positioned back the male’s ear.