Lessons From Preachers of L.A.
There have been mixed emotions from the faith community about Preachers of L.A. At its onset, it was marketed (brilliantly) as a show that chronicled the lavish lifestyles of pastors in Los Angeles. Well, it worked! 1.1 million of y’all tuned in to the premiere! After watching, many of us would learn that the show was not as harmful as we had expected… but not as helpful as we had hoped.
As with most controversial issues that strike our faith, I’ve tried to stay quiet and see what there is to learn from our experience with this show. I must say that I’ve learned much… and rather than impose my opinon of whether the show should exist, I’ll share some lessons I’ve learned. If y’all enjoy it and interact with me, I’ll keep it up throughout season 2.
The recent Season 1 Reunion Show highlighted something that became abundantly clear throughout Season 1. Deitrick Haddon, one of the shows producers and main characters, is an incredibly intelligent, gifted brother… who seems to reject authority and direction at every turn. To be fair, I don’t know Deitrick and can only judge what happens before the cameras. However, it seems like he experiences what many of us young, gifted men of God experience. We think we know it all and don’t need anyone to tell us any differently. No one seems to have permission to speak into his life, give him guidance, or correct him when he’s wrong. Deitrick rejects direction from his father (who is a pastor), from Bishop Gibson, and anyone else who tries to guide him in a direction other than what he has already decided. The main lesson here is that EVERY PASTOR NEEDS A PASTOR!
It doesn’t matter who you are, how much Bible you know, or how many people follow you. Each of us needs to be following someone. Someone must have the authority in our lives to check us. This is more than a mentor or an advisor. This is someone who serves as a shepherd in our lives, who cares for our soul, who hears from God on our behalf, and guides us into wisdom and maturity.
Becoming a pastor did not negate my need for one. I praise God for my pastor, John K. Jenkins, Sr. He loves me like a father and guides me like a shepherd. Every major decision in my life and leadership I run by him. Everything I am as a pastor and leader is because God has used him to pour into my life.
What do y’all think of the show? Is it helpful or harmful? If you’re a pastor, do you feel the need to have a pastor? If you are not a pastor, does your pastor have a pastor? Are you a believer trusting your own direction rather than connecting with a shepherd and a local church body? Want to continue this discussion throughout Season 2?