Look Mom! I’m A Televangelist!

Look Mom! I’m a Televangelist!

by David Asscherick  |  September 21, 2012

Quick: what do Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard, and Jimmy Swaggart all have in common?

Answer: they’ve all made my life harder.

At various times, and in various ways, they all succeeded in sullying my profession, my faith, and, worst of all, my Savior. (He’s their Savior too, of course!)

They can’t help it that people are largely unthinking and gullible, sure, but they certainly could’ve stayed in bed with the right person (among other things).

For better or for worse (and usually for worse), television has a way of legitimizing things, including, and especially, people. Something about seeing a person on a screen makes them seem credible or desirable, or both. For my part, I’ve not only observed this phenomenon, I’ve lived it. Sure, not in an Oprah or Larry King kind of way, but in a real way nonetheless.

I’ve been recognized in restaurants and on airplanes. I’ve been asked for autographs. I get “fan” mail and “hate” mail. It’s all quite awkward, really, and I can trace much of it to my regular appearances on, mostly, 3ABN.

Not that I’m complaining. In perfect candor, I could not care less about the modest modicum of “fame” I have. But here is something I care very much about: God, in His own merciful, mysterious and inimitable way, has used my preaching to change lives by introducing people to Scripture, and to Scripture’s whole point––Jesus!

…the best preachers are practicers.

I’m happy to endure any social awkwardness or personal inconvenience, if I can help, even in some small way, to bring someone–anyone!–into this glorious faith and truth that has changed my own live so immeasurably, wonderfully and completely.

This is the life God has given me. It’s not the life I would’ve expected, but, and not many people can say this, it is exactly the life I would now choose for myself, given all the options the vast world affords.

Fame? Money? Leisure? Adventure? Power? Pleasure?

Not even close.

No, if I could do anything, I would preach.

I’m a preacher. It’s what I do, and who I am. As someone once said, “a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.”

Now here’s a little known secret: the best preachers aren’t on television. In fact, the best preachers aren’t even preachers!

To put it as a variant of the age-old admonition, the best preachers are practicers. (As in, practice what you preach.) And there’s an even better way: preach with your practice.

What has God put you on earth to do? Build? Count? Heal? Teach? Sell? Manage? Create? Parent?

What are you good at? What do you enjoy? What will you be?

So do it. Enjoy it. Become it. Whatever it is.

Do it the best you can. Do it like only you could. Do it “with all your might” (Ecc.9:10).

And be sure, most of all, to do it to the glory of Him who gave you the desire, knowledge, and ability to do it in the first place! 

Because then, in addition to doing it, you’ll be doing something else. Something very important. Something very significant. Something very beautiful.

And something very legitimate (television or not).

You’ll be preaching.

Post script: the preacher that preached to me was a computer programming student at the local college. And, so far as I am aware, he’s never once been on television.

David Asscherick Speaker
Light Bearers
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  • Rebecca Siddon

    Great thoughts, Dsvid! I really liked this.

    I am wondering when you and others associated with 3ABN will be scripting some new programs?
    Are there any new programs in the near future?
    I do enjoy watching and doing a lot of my Bible study with all of you!

    Blessings,
    Rebecca

  • Jennifer Schwirzer

    Hi David. I love you. That’s a super geeky profile pic.

  • Pedro Torres

    Well, what can i say… you nailed it.

  • Kevin Hart

    Well said David!!! It has never been about us (from an earthly perspective) but from Christ’s perspective it’s ALWAYS been about us!!! We look forward to having you hear at 3abn soon.

  • Bernadine Whitehorse

    Thanks for your thoughts. I needed that to start out my day and everyday after, for sure.

  • Teri/a Facebook fan

    As usual David, The Father has used the brilliant mind , that He placed in you to teach a excellent message!….I’ve learned much…. Thank you

  • Eugene Visser

    Nothing more than I would expect from you Pastor – clear, direct and humble! You’re a blessing to me and my ministry – all praise to God

  • Blaine Fults

    Yep! Dear Lord, help me be the person my dog thinks I am.

  • Mikey

    It’s difficult going to school for a profession that you are not passionate about. I feel restless, doubtful, and have a slight sense of worry when it comes to these three questions.

    “What are you good at? What do you enjoy? What will you be?”

  • Ron Barber

    Thanks David, that is something I have thought for a long time but didn’t know how to put it into words. Thank you again. If ever you get near SW Florida look us up. Would love to hear from you and your lovely family.
    Ron Barber

  • janet

    I can relate to this. I know why I am here and I know what God wants me to do. And there is nothing else I want to do. I have been a bible worker since 1988. I know God called me to this work and to share the Mystery. I am now retired and a volunterr but I will always do His work to the end. It is a blessing to know what God has called you to do in the body of Christ.

  • Lucy

    God gave you an awesome gift; you can nail something down/drive it home, make it so interesting, and so relevant! God Bless You for following His call, may we all learn to do the same in our own humble way.

  • Dear brother. I whole heartidly desire that I will keep the flame burning here as you do it there. Thanks Lars-Gustaf

  • Stephanie Schmidt

    Great message! A real inspiration. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  • claudinec

    Hi David great message Thank you. God bless, looking forword seeing you on 3ABN again.

  • Patty Cardenal

    David, you can count me as one you led to Jesus, thanks to you I realized that I was an Seventh Day Adventist in my heart and mind. Thank you. I thank the Lord that your are His instrument.

    I need advice to reach a friend of mine that has been hurt so much in the name of our Lord. How can I get in touch with you to explain the complexity of her disbelief and if the occasion arises, be ready to send her one of your videos as her first eye opener.

    God Bless You !!