Who am I to judge?
I find that the pulpit is a dangerous place to stand. The moment you are up there, everything said will be put through a test of the congregation. The test measures many things from theological accuracy, denominational skew, articulation proficiency, presentation skills, simultaneous feedback adjustment, time management, and etc. And all these things are subject to being judged on the pulpit.
Will you score a 10/10 if you have 20 minutes on stage?
Yes, the pulpit should not be open to every Tom, Dick and Harry to go up there and blurt their opinion. I agree that every speaker should have some sort of theological training and go through some filtering before standing before the congregation. But who am I to judge?
If God can use a talking donkey, then why can’t he use men to do His will? We know from history that God uses the people we think least of to do His greatest will. He has used convicts, slaves, ex-slave drivers, and many others who have been labeled “the least of these.” So who am I to judge?
Would judging more and criticizing thoroughly, make me a likely candidate for God to use me? History says no. Why would God want an arrogant person to do His will?
I’m not saying that God can’t used learned people. But it makes sense that being more critical makes it harder to hear His will. Being more logical goes against the God’s Will which often seems illogical in our human experience.
So who are we to judge that human being with as much complications in life as every other human being? Someone who has a story to share about how the same God you believe in has taken a lowly life and molded it into His Will?
There is a lesson to learn from every sermon. If you can’t find that lesson, maybe you’re not humble enough to learn that lesson. And that is the lesson.