Grasshopper and dating someone younger
Many Pastors I have known seem to feel they have all the answers, so the questions Don’t matter. That turns the heat up a little and, quite frankly, it stings! Nowadays if you are a “pastor” the only spiritual gifting your church wants is “administration.” Churches are corporations in search of a CEO/CFO type. These responses probably aren’t the way most people feel.
Pastors “seem to feel they have all the answers, so the questions don’t matter”? A pastor that helps you define anything other than who would lead a committee! And there’s something in me that wants to rise up and defend my fellow pastors. What if these responses represent more people than we realize? In response to these three replies, which probably came from deep hurt, cloaked in protective sarcasm, my friend wisely responded this way: My late father, a pastor for 30 years & minister for 46 years, demonstrated all the attributes I described in my original post. Maybe the role in the last 20-30 years has changed so radically that a pastor doesn’t coach anyone anymore. Quick 2 point sermon w/ motivational quotes, then shove them out the door for the 2nd service crowd.
Various pet owners tend to treat their pets almost as if they are toys or cute little babies. Monkeys, for instance, may appear to be harmless, but like all animals can return to their natural instincts when people least suspect it and bite.
Despite these considerations, the use of animal stereotypes (the same goes to stereotypes of machinery in real life and fiction) are generally much less problematic than it is for human stereotypes.
(The people who responded to his Facebook status had no expectation they’d end up on someone’s blog and I want to respect that, so I won’t tell you who my friend is, except to say that he’s not a pastor.
The responses he received were so surprising that he alerted me to it.
India has a rich tradition of animal stories and beast fables, including one of the world's oldest collections of stories, the Panchatantra and its later derivatives such as the Hitopadesha.
Some stereotypes are based on mistaken or grossly oversimplified impressions; spotted hyenas, for example, commonly portrayed as cowardly scavengers, are efficient pack hunters with complex social structures.
Many misconceptions about animals were born out of ignorance.
Some are popularised or solidified by a single particularly notable appearance in media.
For example, Disney's 1942 film Bambi portrays the titular deer as an innocent, fragile animal.