Based on the number of pastors who are delivering sermons and worship services by live streaming (and in some cases, in the flesh) during this ‘unprecedented time’ of the COVID-19 lockdown, I get the impression that there are many Christians who cannot survive for even one month without a weekly spiritual spoon-feeding from their gurus.
Is this really the case? Are Christians so infantile that they cannot feed themselves for a month? If so, this is a VERY SAD state of affairs. Christians should view this time as an opportunity to study God’s Word, to pray more, and to connect (often virtually) with their families, friends and fellow believers. It’s a time to grow closer to God, without relying on anyone else to have the responsibility for our spiritual growth.
Pastors should allow the members of their flock to practice and apply what they’ve taught them; to allow them to experience being ‘out of the nest;’ to allow them to draw close to God on their own, without relying on a ‘Guru’ to lead them into a ‘deeper’ spiritual state. It must be difficult for many pastors to let their ‘children’ grow up; perhaps they are worried that they may no longer be needed, or that their revenue streams will wither away. Similar to empty nester parents, pastors may be afraid that their ‘children’ will grow up and become independent. While it’s understandable that they may feel this way, it is not a mature, godly perspective. It is time for pastors to sit back and enjoy watching people apply what they’ve learned through years of sermons, worship services and church programs.