Preaching ‘Special Day’ Sermons

Preaching ‘special day’ sermons is an American tradition. Along with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc, many pastors substitute the sermon with special occasion messages which are sentimental, humanitarian and patriotic.

I’m all for American traditions, within reason, but it is troublesome to me that so many seem led to preach by what is expected from the congregation rather than by God’s Word.

I know that tomorrow, for example, is Father’s Day. I will not be preaching a special father’s day message. It is not to be contrary or rebellious to ‘the American way’. By all means, let us celebrate fathers who follow the biblical instructions on raising families and being a father.

But brethren, Sunday is the Lord’s Day, not daddies day across America.

If sermons are determined by special days, how long will it be, given the current trends in our country, until we preach sermons on aged house pets? That would certainly be pleasing to pet lovers. How about preparing sermons based on special day social issues or by-products of Churchianity? In a word, where does it stop?

I see great danger for gathered believers – and ministers – when the Pastor begins placing national customs and humanitarian causes before the love of God’s Word and the exaltation of His Son.

The practice of preparing sermons which are expected by the desires of a congregation based on national custom and traditions can lead to no spiritual benefit, but will lead rather to the acute secularization of what used to be Christianity, a poor reflection on true religion.

Ultimately, when ‘special days’ arrive, we need to ask ourselves: “Can I preach this so as to exalt the Lord Jesus?” If not, let us remain obedient to our calling, and preach the whole counsel of God and not the demands of national tradition.