Though preachers must always preach God’s word, they often function as mere wall flowers. A story from the Country Houses of 20th Century England illustrates. The upper classes built and enjoyed those houses, to which they invited carefully screened peers for parties, hunting trips and discreet political discussions.
One such house hosted 1000 people, who came and went as they pleased. What interested me was the role of the hosts’ chaplain at the party. After each breakfast he read “a few short prayer”, after which everyone went wherever his pleasure took him on the estate until the next meal.
He read “a few short prayers”. Few...short...canned prayers. Nothing heavy. Nothing challenging. Nothing worthwhile! Nothing taking his effort. Mere religious form.
If a preacher is good for anything, it should be as a spokesman for God to his people. Should he excel in anything but that, he is really good for nothing! Forgive him his sins and bear with his faults, but hold him accountable for faithfully preaching God’s word.