“Playing the ministry card”
From the entertaining Jonathan Sawrie, an insightful take on a potential problem of too many self-proclaimed ministers in song:
Here is what I’ve noticed – countless times.
A gospel performer is on stage and all is going pretty well. The singing is good (most of the time), the crowd is responsive, some humor is intermingled with some very encouraging songs. The goal seems to be being achieved. Then, and most often I think, as some way of making sure everyone knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are there to “minister” to these good folk – I call it playing the ministry card - they say something to this effect: “I know a lot of you here tonight are going through hard times. Sickness, financial problems, a marriage situation, etc., etc.”. Oh, they can get very specific.
Every time this happens I can’t help but think of some poor soul out there who is going through one of these difficult times (in fact, most of us are), who hasn’t smiled or laughed in three weeks, and just as they were beginning to relax and enjoy themselves a little, they are reminded of the very thing from which they needed to escape.
It’s like they get hit in the back of the head out of nowhere with a 2×4. I want to scream out, “Yes, and they had probably almost forgotten about it until you brought it up again! Thank you!”
His conclusion: “Why can’t we just shut up and sing?” Read the whole thing. (Hat tip, NG)
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