God sent me to all you stupid people

god sent me to the stupid people cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this attitude communicated by church leaders, itinerant preachers and teachers. They don’t come right out and say this but it is certainly conveyed.

When a man or woman says something like, “God gave me a message for you”, my experience is that most people will do or pay anything to hear it. Heck, I’ve been at the receiving end of that myself.

It’s desperation. Desperation to hear from God. Desperation to find meaning and purpose. Desperation for validation. Desperation for love.

Of course, these speakers know this and milk it for all its worth.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Shary Hauber

    I don’t believe people when they say they have a message from God for me. I find out it wasn’t God who gave them the message.

  • klhayes

    That is the general attitude.

  • Adam Julians

    I never want to discount someone automatically when they say such. But I would test it and see if it is true or whethere it is a method of cntrol. In my experience many leaders don’t want others to grow up becaus grown ups can’t be controlled.

    When tested, if they respond gracefully, then you have a godly leader who either is speaking truthfully or is ready to confess when they have gone off-track. If on the other hand, they act as though they are being threatened and respond as if under attack – beware!

    We do live in this celbrity culture, sadly, the church is not immune to that.

  • Jerry Lynch

    I have been part of various groups and believe in all these there have been occasions when one of the members or leader would say that God had given them a message. The responses I noticed were mostly rapt attention and a readiness to act upon the message without discussions. It is pretty hard to even question let alone object to “a voice from on high” coming into your lowly presence. I hear, “All ye of little faith…” played to harp music in my head, Michael there next to the musicians with a great sword, with the forming of any doubt. Is this building grounded?
    Personally, I find such a statement as “God has put it in my heart” as outlandish. It is to obviate objections and elevate the speaker. Do what’s in your heart and shut up about it. Be humble. Speak as your own person and not some supposed puppet for a divine ventriloquist.

  • Darren

    I agree with the sentiment…most of the time at leas. I would say that God may have something to say, but it shouldn’t cost you anything to hear it. )


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