two years later: such a charlatan that I am or have simply become
Just for kicks, I got ordained as a Universal Life Church minister on-line in under a minute. Nonetheless my views on what it takes to become a pastor remain the same. A person must study the Bible in Greek and Hebrew at least, theology, how to pray and deliver a good sermon, how to be an ambassador of God on earth and so on.
Said the latter, I might never be a pastor. Most importantly, I don’t see myself using a title like “pastor” to get a tax break or other benefits. After all, I know that I might not be a shepherd (definition of the word “pastor”) of any flock after all (other than my boys). Further more, I don’t see myself pure enough to officiate a wedding or other “divine” functions.
In the end, getting ordained on-line under the jurisdiction of the ULC might be a blessing after all. I could use it to learn more about religion as a whole and perhaps be a better Christian.
“Ordination is the personal calling of an individual, by God, to enter into the ministry, usually in a church leadership role capacity. Because they say that God, and not any man or organization, directs people to go into ministry.”
Ironically this ordination took place on the eve of me coming church — FAPC to be precise — for 104 weeks straight (two years). I know and understand that I might be an ordained minister (pastor) on paper as per the ULC, but I truly wish at times that I was a “real” pastor at a church like FAPC (a place I’ve learned to consider my spiritual home for the past two years).
In all, I’m still confused (my cheap excuse) and a total charlatan (the truth). Now I must do the best of this situation and the opportunity to serve God and be a better person too.