Recently I watched a preacher who stylisticly performed a perfect impersonation of Andy Stanley. It was an uncanny duplication of mannerisms, phraseology, and presentation (seated on a stool, notes on a table next to him, etc.). It was impossibly close…but I think I’m the only person who noticed.
Then, there was the message. Turned out to be a re-preaching of a popular Tim Keller sermon…all presented by the speaker as his own material…but I think I’m the only person who noticed.
An Andy Stanley impersonation of a Tim Keller sermon. A good combination. Great message. Everyone loved it…but…something is wrong with this.
Are we not creative enough to be ourselves? Is it the result of a lack of time to prepare our own sermons? Does anyone have a problem with this but me?
I believe this is inauthentic and grieves God’s heart. Can we rely on the Holy Spirit and the Word when preaching? Study is good, but let’s not plagiarize.
We must be free to be ourselves – if we try to be someone else we will fall short of our created potential.