This meme is troubling.
Two issues come to mind. First, the meme assumes only men are pastors. Second, it states that listening to these men is the same as listening to Jesus.
Women and Men Preaching God’s Word
Of course, not all pastors are men. Pastors such as April Fiet and Kate Wallace Nunneley serve their churches and preach the word of God faithfully. Those who think women can’t preach or be pastors won’t be swayed by their example, but those who understand God’s word will see that there is no restriction on women serving where God has called them.
As Paul said,
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28.)
Paul’s advice to Timothy about how to run the Ephesian church does not restrict women generally in all churches. (See Gail Wallace’s Defusing the 1 Timothy 2:12 Bomb.) If a woman is a preacher, she should be given the same hearing as a man.
Neither are any preachers described as speaking from the same position as Jesus. He is the one Peter said:
Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:68-69.)
Jesus, the Holy One of God, is unique, and from the earliest days of the New Covenant there has been an emphasis on preaching about him.
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:22-24.)
While miraculous signs show God’s power and wisdom is encouraged for a right understanding of God, neither of those bring reconciliation with God. Reconciliation is through Jesus and what he has done in his death and resurrection.
The fact that a sermon is about Jesus does not mean the preacher is somehow elevated to a position of trust different from that of everyone else. Everyone who belongs to Jesus is entrusted with the same responsibility in that regard.
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. (Jude 1:3.)
Preachers contend for the faith. Non preachers contend for the faith. Women and men contend for the faith. And even Paul was subject to scrutiny as he did so.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11.)
So eagerly receive the message of Jesus, and examine the message to see if it truly represents God faithfully. You can even be appreciative of those from whom you learn. But to elevate the preacher as that meme suggests leads to a tendency to remove the preaching from proper scrutiny, as if the listeners must not question for fear of insulting Jesus himself.
Don’t restrict your learning solely to men and reject women, and don’t elevate preachers to a position as if you were hearing Jesus himself. Remember, all of God’s people are “stewards of the things of God”: women and men, preachers and non preachers, everyone.