*We all know preachers who get very excited in the pulpit and say things that maybe they shouldn’t. Then, there are others who get creative with how they use the word of God to share a message that might seem surprising, but is powerful and redemptive at the end. One pastor in particular has turned heads with his latest sermon. He has become quite taken with a phrase that we have heard everywhere except church – on the street; at the end of a bad argument, or at least as a statement to someone who has gotten on our last nerve.
He has also acknowledged that his congregation is “looking at him crazy.” Why? Probably because they can’t believe that he is encouraging them to use the ‘F-word’…often.
But there’s a catch!
Since we have been forgiven, what should be our corresponding action? I’m glad you asked. We should forgive and extend grace to everybody else.
No wonder Matthew says, “When you start praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him so your Father in heaven may forgive your sins for if you do not forgive, neither will your Father, who’s in heaven, forgive your transgressions.” As a Christian, you’ve got to forgive.
Now that said, and please don’t get offended, the new ‘F’ word in the church is forgive. I’m going to say it again. The new ‘F’ word in this church is forgive. Now that said, do me a favor, touch your neighbor and say, “F you.”
God, I wish I had 25 people that say, “I’ll forgive you for whatever you said about me.” Not just your neighbor. Look down your whole row saying, “‘F’ you all, too.” Go ahead and tell them.
You know what? You all are looking at me crazy. Would you do me a favor? Take your phone out, text all your exes and say, “I’m at church. ‘F’ you. Forgive you for lying on me and talking about me.” Pastor, my mama don’t like you. Well, ‘F’ your mama. My family don’t like you. ‘F’ your family, too.
You know what? Jump on your feet, snap your fingers, say, “‘F’ everybody in here.”
God, I wish I had 5 people that would jump on your feet and high five 6 people say, “‘F’ you.” Go ahead, tell them. ‘F’ you. Go ahead. High 5 somebody else. Say, “‘F’ you, ‘F’ you, ‘F’ you. ‘F’ all you all. ‘F’ you.”
You can watch the inspirational sermon below: