Pastor – Watchman Or Celebrity

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One of the terms that is used to describe the role of a pastor is that of the Old Testament watchman. In those times many cities were surrounded by walls. On these walls were men strategically placed so as to be able to let everyone know of an enemy approach. As far as I know, day and night, week in and week out, month by month and year by year, these watchmen were on duty. They were always on the lookout for the enemy whether there was a war on or not! In a metaphorical sense, all of God’s pastors must be like the Old Testament watchman.

Serious Business…

The watchman did not have a glamorous role. However, it was an important job and one that came with lots of responsibility. (Consider: Ezekiel 3:17Ezekiel 3:17
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17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.  

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, Ezekiel 33:6-7Ezekiel 33:6-7
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6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. 7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.  

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) Grave were the consequences of a lazy watchman. One mishap, and disaster could break through like a flood. When you study about the role of a pastor in the Bible, you come to the realization that this calling is very serious and not for the fainthearted!

Show Business…

In our society today, the role of a pastor has been degraded to that of celebrity status. Well known preachers are treated like some sort of superstar! Complete with big fancy automobiles and nice fat paychecks, many so-called pastors live it up like they were walking the “Red Carpet” with the well known individuals of Hollywood. Granted, pastors that fit this description are not reading this post, but we all have a tendency to make the most of the “Star Treatment” that we do get. Make no mistake about this… your name does not have to be on a big city church’s marquee to be guilty of being a celebrity!


Let each of us who claim the title of pastor be sure that we have more in common with the Old Testament watchman than we do with a Hollywood celebrity! Like Ezekiel of old, let us be God’s watchman for the people we have been entrusted with. May we endeavor to be looking ahead and leading our people in the right pathway. Shirking our duty by pampering ourselves will cost us dearly and consume those we serve!

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Originally posted 2010-10-31 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including and Pastor Schank's Church website is
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