What would you do Wednesday!
The following scenario is based on a true event. The names have been changed to protect the guilty – and the innocent!
A friend of yours is the pastor of a church plant. In addition to his pastoral duties he also hosts a podcast a couple times per week. The church faithfully supports and endorses the podcast where your friend addresses theological and cultural issues.
Sometimes on the podcast another man from the church will teach the Bible. Other times, another pastor or author will be a guest where they can discuss a current book, conference, etc. Those guests are normally a pastor-author whose book is recommended for the church plant on a particular issue.
On a recent occasion, your friend scheduled a popular preacher and author whom he looks up to and with whom he shares theological convictions. Your friend contacted this pastor and asked if he would be a guest on the podcast to talk about his latest book and conference. The popular pastor asked a few theological questions of your friend and then said he would be a guest on the show.
All was well until two days before the show. The popular pastor forgot to ask an important question. So Pastor Popular sent an email asking your friend how many people listen to the podcast.
Your friend explained that this podcast is a new ministry, several months old, and the number of listeners is around 300.
Pastor Popular emailed back to cancel two days before his scheduled appearance politely explaining that the audience was too small to be worth his time. Your friend had already publicly advertised this guest appearance.
What should your friend do?
- Go on with the show stating the guest had a last minute change of plans.
- Go on with the show revealing what really happened and make that the topic.
- Explain what really happened and how evil the guest is and blog about him the whole next week.