People have plenty to say about churches nowadays. In the wake of too many mass shootings, some may wonder, “Is it even worth it to go at all?”
Others would argue the importance of sitting in those pews every Sunday, while younger generations tend to lean away from attendance more often than not.
Millennials, in particular, seem to be leaving organized religion altogether. According to Religion News, our current culture and political climate play roles in why young adults would rather not affiliate.
So churches are trying to think outside of the box. Many have done away with hymns, opting for more modern music.
Some prefer the old ways and traditions, of course. Change is hard; new is uncomfortable. But wasn’t Jesus the pioneer of new and different?
For many, the man who claimed to be the Son of God was too progressive. They preferred the old and familiar, unwilling to look at things from a new perspective.
One pastor from Southaven, Mississippi, is receiving quite a bit of attention for being “new” and “different.” In a viral video, Pastor Bartholomew Orr takes soaring on the wings of eagles to an entirely new level.
“My pastor is the best pastor HANDS DOWN!!!” ZaKnedria LeUnshae Webb, who posted the video, wrote on Facebook.
Webb also included an update in her caption, speaking directly to the “non church-goers.” “Pastor Orr DID NOT say he was God nor Jesus,” she wrote. “He was simply DEMONSTRATING how when Jesus returns every eye will see him.”
Still, the video, which has been viewed over 2 million times to date, has been criticized by many. Multiple commenters complained about how attendees’ tithe money was used.
In response to the backlash, Pastor Orr uploaded a video to the church’s Facebook page. It is appropriately titled “#theflyingpreacher.”
“Though all of the talk about my sermon this morning hasn’t been complimentary, I’m thankful that the Word of God has been discussed in homes, in cars, on social media,” he said.
The unconventional but grateful pastor went on to say how thankful he was to Webb for posting the video. “Her one video clip literally … caused an uproar, a great stir about the Word of God.”
What do you think? Do you support this man’s method or is it too “out there” in your opinion? Either way, what he said can’t be denied — this flying preacher has definitely made an impact. In the end, I think that’s all any pastor really hopes for.
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