Culture At Large

What would you do if your pastor was in error?

Andy Rau

If you follow the news at all, you can't possibly have missed the Barack Obama/Jeremiah Wright controversy that cropped up again a few weeks ago. To sum it up very quickly, Wright is the pastor and spiritual mentor to Obama who caused a stir by publicly stating a lot of, uh, controversial things. Obama has condemned Wright's more outrageous remarks, but the question has been raised "If Wright was saying crazy things from the pulpit all these years, why didn't you just leave the church?"

We haven't really delved into this controversy here at TC, mainly because we're not a political blog. But putting aside the political angle of this issue, there's a worthwhile spiritual question in there: would you leave your church if your pastor held views you found erroneous, misguided or even a little bit crazy?

Let's make the question a little more focused:

Assume for the sake of discussion that you are very happy with your church and have found it to be an excellent place of fellowship and spiritual growth. Your pastor preaches the Gospel and leads worship in a Biblical manner. But on one issue—maybe it's a particular theological belief, his political opinions, or whatever—you think he's totally out to lunch. And he has stated this view publicly.

What would you do? Would you leave if you thought your pastor was in error about a non-salvation issue? Would you stay at the church and just try to ignore it, because the pastor is doing such a good job otherwise? Something in between?

That's our new poll for the week. Vote in the poll off to the right, and please share your thoughts below!

As for the last poll, about whether or not Christians should attend religious services outside of their faith, over 300 of you voted, and the results were surprisingly almost tied. 51% feel that no, Christians should not attend non-Christian services, while 49% don't see a problem with it.

Topics: Culture At Large, Theology & The Church, The Church