May 2

Written by Bill Grandi on May 2nd, 2024

“You are getting too big for your britches.”

Back when I was young (and yes, that was a long time ago), one of the favorite expressions of people-and my parents were no exception- was the above statement. It usually preceded some type of discipline- a spanking when I was younger, an exclusion from an activity, a grounding, or something else. It’s not hard to know what it means.

I’ve been reading a book by Katelyn Beaty entitled Celebrities for Jesus. It is subtitled “How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are hurting the church.” I’m two years past when it was first published and first hit crashed on the scene.  I’m just under halfway through and it has exposed the ugly underbelly of the “celebrity culture” the church has found itself in, particularly in the megachurch world. Sadly, we have embraced (and enabled)-wittingly or unwittingly- the whole “the pastor is a celebrity and can do no wrong” thought process. Walking hand in hand with that idea is the inability to confront, challenge, or question said celebrity pastor. Ms. Beaty speaks highly of Billy Graham and his attempts to safeguard himself from any moral scandal by his complete transparency. (It was known as the “Billy Graham Rule” which simply said he would never be alone with a woman who was not his wife). His Modesto Manifesto called for complete honesty, accountability, and transparency. Ms. Beaty contrasts that with the shortfalls of some megachurch personalities. 

I was reminded of my reading of the book when I read the following from I Timothy 4:11-13 this morning: “Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.”  That highlighted section is important to remember.

No way would Paul embrace or be on board the “celebrity culture train.” Read his words-not just here, but elsewhere. Integrity, transparency and HUMILITY were big in his eyes.  But here is an important fact to remember- Megachurch Pastor, CEO, Owner, Manager, Worker- integrity, honesty and humility are essential to all and cannot/should not be dismissed.

No one has any business getting too big for their britches.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. I’m very familiar with that saying, Bill; my parents used the phrase often in describing someone’s behavior. Mike Pence made the same vow as Billy Graham, as I recall. This sounds like an interesting, informative book.
    Danny’s surgery went well and, as expected, stayed overnight. Thanks so much for all your prayers! I expect him to be released this afternoon.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I recall that about Pence Martha and as I recall he took some heat for it. Too bad. They should see how valuable it is, especially in today’s culture. Good for Pence. Also glad to hear Danny’s surgery went well.

  2. Ryan S. says:

    No offense to any pastor, but I have come to know several on a very personal level. One thing that is commy among all… They are all human, sinners, saved by grace, just like me.

    Sorry Bill… Calling you out like that 🙂

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I know I’m human Ryan. 🙂 No offense taken. Unfortunately, she shows how some believe they are above others in attitude and actions.

  3. gail says:

    I love to read and watch a lot of series on right now media, from some mega pastors, and other people. However, you always have to use discernment, make sure whoever you are listening to, follows what the scriptures say. “God’s word on any subject is the absolute standard by which reality is measured. God views and words are the absolute truth” Tony Evans I always say,the Bible is my source, and everything else is a resource, that needs to be backed up by my main source the Bible.

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