In this video, the always compelling astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why he doesn’t want to be a category and would prefer to be a part of conversation.
Along the way, he shares why he’s an agnostic instead of an atheist and why that’s an important distinction.
I don’t know if other pastors are this way or not but when meeting people I often don’t mention I’m a pastor at first. In fact, I sort of avoid mentioning it if at all possible. To be completely honest, I really don’t like it when people introduce me to their friends as a pastor.
It’s not that I’m ashamed of being a pastor. I’m honored that God has put this call on my life. No, the reason why I’m hesitant to tell people I’m a pastor is that the term seems to carry a lot of baggage with people and once they hear that term they tend to categorize me in some way. Some even shut off from me altogether.
I just vastly prefer to meet someone, get to know them, have them get to know me a little bit, and then share with them what I do, if it comes up. I want to really connect with people first. I want to get to know them and have them realize that I’m a real person and not that weird. Then, and only then, do I share that I’m a pastor.
I guess I’m just seeking the conversation because, as I see it, that’s where real life connections and life-changing interactions typically happen.