Should Pastors be Interviewed?
In Saturday's New York Times there is an extended article from the front page on Sarah Palin's spiritual life. Those sorts of articles really interest me as both a pastor and voter. They interviewed and quoted both her former and current pastor and other staff persons at the Bible Church she attends.
As I read the article I had a twinge of unease. Should pastors be talking to the press about members' lives when they are now celebrities? It's a relevant question for me because occasionally a well-known person or very affluent person will attend Montecito Covenant. And as celebrity impressed as I can be, something inside says that they are in church to worship, not be observed and commented on. If I were to talk to the press about my impressions of why so-and-so came to our church, that would be a breech of pastoral confidentiality. What do you think?