Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Now there's a novel idea! Preaching involves "should" not "could". If a preacher is not willing to tell people what they should do he is not really preaching.
Should and could both leave the option of doing the opposite on the table. However should brings with it a subtle hint that there are consequences for doing the opposite. Could frames action in a "take it or leave it" context. You could do it but you don't necessarily have to and its not really that big of a deal.
Too much preaching today has been diluted to could and all the should has been take out of it.
I know that increasingly we live in a culture where people don't like to be told what they should do, but the bible keeps telling us what we should do. And a faithful preacher will take the message of the bible, the whole counsel of God, and tell people what they should do.
The bible does not give way to cultural pressures! The messengers may, the bible never does! Preachers do people a great disservice when they tell people they could do something the bible says they should do.
Just because many and maybe most won't does not liberate preachers from using the word should. Churches and the world are full of people today who could do something but are never told they should and thus they don't.
Preachers should preach and tell men what they should do!