In Hans Christian Anderson’s famous fable, the Emperor is naked yet unashamed. Not good. But this happens when the prophetic voice is dismissed.
The gospel ought to comfort the afflicted but afflict the comfortable. Good news—except that Jesus predicted we’d value one far more than the other. Not good news.
There’s an old joke—pastors only work an hour a week. Clergy object, claiming to work as much as anyone else. And therein lies a problem.