I read this by Don Miller earlier this week and it just resonated with me in a deep way. When I had a few moments to talk with him at Wildhorse in March we talked about this very thing and he shared some similar thoughts.
When the recent political season came around, and I said a prayer at the Democratic Convention, and then later campaigned for Obama. I read many ridiculous things about myself after that. Some of the comments were mean. But I know they weren’t talking about me. They were talking about somebody they thought was me. I slyly slipped away to avoid the conversation, because while my name was being thrown around, my identity was secure for other reasons, and I was bored with the hype.
Don openly says he knows nothing about church or how to run a church, yet I think these words are incredibly poignant for pastors. Often time the criticism pastors receive is created from a fabrication of who they are as people.
“I know they weren’t talking about me. They were talking about somebody they thought was me.”