Thursday, September 21, 2006

authenticity

One of my favorite radio preachers is Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel. I came across an article from the L.A. Times that sheds some interesting light about what it was like for his children when they were growing up. One of Smith's sons said:
"He wasn't present emotionally, even if he was present physically. To hear him speak, you just get the impression this is such a warm and intimate person, but the closer you got to him, the more you'd realize he really didn't have those intimacy skills."
I don't say this to criticize Smith, for his contribution has been immense. However, this is a criticism that I have heard from other people who have worked with large church pastors. They are a more loving people from the pulpit than they are in the lives of the people that should matter the most to them. A little reminder for all of us: the best and hardest place to exercise extreme sacrificial love is in the home.

1 comment:

Oloryn said...

I think that's why the Second Greatest Commandment is about loving your neighbor(those 'near' or around you in your daily walk), rather than about loving 'mankind' (or 'personkind'). It's a lot easier to take up a cause, or to love when there's enough distance to mask the hassles, faults, and foibles of your 'target'. Loving those around you in daily life, where those problems hit you face-to-face is harder, but is one of the primary callings of the Christian walk, second only to loving God with everything you've got.