(For the significance of the title, see the story at the conclusion.)
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus….(who) made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore, God has highly exalted Him…. (Philippians 2:5-9)
Browsing through Books-A-Million yesterday, I saw it. A preacher had written a book. The cover photo was a full picture of himself. In the right hand lower corner were these words: “Not your typical preacher.” (Sorry, I did not stop to make a note of who the preacher was, nor did I write down the name of the book. And I’d prefer to leave it that way, lest someone think I am attacking the man himself.)
I was offended.
This morning at breakfast, I asked my wife, “Why did that offend me?” She didn’t hesitate. “Because it was so arrogant of him.”
My thought exactly.
Either that preacher wrote that about himself and ordered that his photo be plastered across the front of the book, or he approved it. Either way, his ego is all over the place. The man is exalting himself.
I can just imagine his office filled with stacks of these books. A hundred photos of his face stare back at him. He loves it.
I am offended that the man does not want to be identified with “typical” preachers. He is clearly “a cut above,” in his thinking at least.
However, on second thought, most of us preachers will take comfort that he is not typical. Most pastors are humble, hard-working, and dedicated to doing the work of Christ. They are not prideful or self-exalting.