Superstars |

TBC Staff

[TBC: It is a very human trait to give greater respect to those perceived to be "superstars." Unfortunately, this attitude is not absent from the church. Here are two views which provide some perspective.]

Whom do I view as the Christian "superstars?" Perhaps, if you're looking for names associated with well-known ministries, I most likely would be able to compete name for name, pitting those whom I view as prominent, yet credible, ministers of the Gospel with those of dubious, yet illustrious, standing. However, this is not a child's card game of "war" where my ten beats your eight or your ace beats my king . . . .

"God’s superstars," if there were such a designation, would be the local pastor who works long, hard and diligently (as Scripture commands) in an effort to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). He does so to feed and protect the flock of God that has been entrusted to his care. He desires to see them mature in their faith and to grow in the process of biblical sanctification. He's never the one who ensnares his people with heretofore unknown revelation or esoteric insights of Scripture -- and then labels "immature" those who would question such teaching (

[TBC: To the faithful Shepherds can be added those who labor faithfully and quietly out of public view. Somewhere, alone in a nursing home, lies an old dying woman, who ceaselessly prays for the family who never visit her. And in a pew across town sits a woman patiently praying for the husband sitting next to her, whom no one would suspect of beating his wife. And in another part of the world, in an isolation cell, lies a bruised and bloodied man or woman, praying for the jailers who abuse them past the limit of human endurance. Finally, let us not forget the three Indonesian women sentenced to three years in prison for the crime of preaching the gospel to Muslim children.]