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I Surely Am Drawn to Him

Fans. Where would actors and actresses, rock stars, athletes, great artists in any field, and accomplished people be without fans. Their success is measured in how many people are willing to pay high prices to hear them, see them, or buy their products. Every city of any size has one or more concert sites where artists are booked regularly.  And, when a popular person or group comes to town, the lines form early to get into the arena. The atmosphere is electric with anticipation.  Before the event starts, various items are vanishing from the souvenir tables where recordings, tee shirts, photos, and a host of other things are bought by the most devoted followers.

Church has many fans, a few followers, and fewer deeply committed Christians. Fans are common. They are seeking for excitement, energy, and exhilaration.  The more of those elements are present, they quickly respond like cheerleaders and seek to make sure that the adrenaline is non-stop.  Followers are those that are faithful to attend, participate in most things, and give often to various things.  Committed Christians are deeply devoted to Christ.  They are consistently prayerful, Bible students, ministry engaged, mission minded, Spirit filled, and consistently give their finances because they believe God’s Word about being faithful with one’s means.

The preachers of every era have been of various kinds.  Some are very soft-spoken while others have decibel levels that chap eardrums.  Some are highly intellectual, and others massacre the King’s English.  Some are compassionate, and some are caustic.  Some are burdened for lost people while others seem delighted that some are destined for hell.  What really makes the difference in a preacher is whether he preaches the Word of God as absolutely true or seeks to by-pass Scripture as if it is full of errors and myths.  Veracity in belief will shape victorious preaching.

William Charles Macready, an English actor of great fame, was born March 3, 1793 in London and died April 27, 1873. Macready was an intellectual actor and was at his best in such philosophical roles as Hamlet and Richelieu. He was also capable of great emotional intensity, however. Macready was very important in his influence on the acting style and production techniques that made possible the art of the modern theatre.  (https://www.britannica.com/biography/William-Charles-Macready).

There is a tale told of that great English actor Macready. An eminent preacher once said to him: “I wish you would explain to me something.” “Well, what is it? I don’t know that I can explain anything to a preacher.”

“What is the reason for the difference between you and me? You are appearing before crowds night after night with fiction, and the crowds come wherever you go. I am preaching the essential and unchangeable truth, and I am not getting any crowd at all.” 

Macready’s answer was this: “This is quite simple. I can tell you the difference between us. I present my fiction as though it were truth; you present your truth as though it were fiction.”

(G. Campbell Morgan, Preaching, p. 36).