I have to admit something. I have been going to a rather large Christian church in Texas for over a decade. I serve in one of my church's volunteer posts (I drive golf carts for guests) and I financially support it. However, I don't like the senior pastor.
He is a very charismatic fellow. Handsome and likable from afar. He gives good sermons and are Biblically based. I used to email him questions both personal and scriptural from time to time and he does answer them honestly.
However, he is quite a different person in person. I once ran into him in a restaurant. He was sitting in a corner working on his laptop. I walked by just to say hello and greet him. He looked up at me an frowned. I said "Hi, I saw you here and just wanted to say hi. I'm off to the dentist this morning." He responded "Well, you better be off then." I left him then.
I also notice on the few occasions I have run into him in public he doesn't say hello. He tries to avoid saying anything to me and it is obvious to me. This has happened only several times over the years. Yet each time it leaves its mark.
What really hacked me off is I started to blog to share my faith more with others. Part of keeping the Great Commission. I used to send it to all my email contacts. I have to admit. I was doing it to frequently and sending them to everyone I new in my excitement. I toned back on that a lot.
However, my pastor responded "Take me off of these mass mailings." I did so. However, another pastor in our church responded "Hey Geoman could you do me a favor, I get so many emails could you please take me off your email list. Thanks." I wanted to send the other pastors reply back to him but held back.
What's more, he impresses me as a hypocrite. He also has a blog that he sends out to the church. I decided to block his blog emails. After all, he sends his unsolicited to me as well.
I still continue to go to this church. There are many good people there, if not the senior pastor. However, if it weren't for family. I'd bolt in a minute.