Famous television host and medical doctor Dr. Oz asked Carl Lentz to talk to his audience “not so much about the rules, but the energy, behind religion.” To which Lentz responded with a mini-sermon (under four minutes in length) where he challenged people to stop looking to themselves for answers and pray to the Designer of all of life.
Lentz opened by saying people in our day are desperate for answers. Evidenced by the fact that the most googled questions are: “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?”
He then told a story about being lost in New York City (where he currently pastors Hillsong Church) as a newcomer. After a slew of wrong decisions, a helpful lady who was familiar with the city and the map helped him find his way. “It’s always better to find someone who knows the map better than you. We live in a world right now where people are trying to figure out this life without talking to the Designer.”
Relating the story to spirituality, Lentz explained, “When Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life,’ he wasn’t talking about a religion. He wasn’t talking about a social construct. He was talking about the King of heaven and earth giving you clues on where you need to go.” This sentiment seemed to be in response to Oz’s instruction not to talk “so much about the rules” of religion but “the energy” behind it. In a secular context, Lentz followed Oz’s cues and kept his message practical and encouraging.
As every good invitation-to-meet-Jesus conversation should include, Lentz made sure to tell everyone, “God loves people. God wants to help.”
He wrapped up his message with an encouraging challenge: “If I could encourage you to do one thing on your way out of here: Pray.”
Lentz left the audience with this thought: “A new diet will change your day. But praying to the King of heaven and earth will change your soul.”
This is not the first time Lentz has addressed a secular audience at the invitation of a popular celebrity. Last year, he spoke on Oprah’s show about the premise of Christianity.
You can watch Lentz’s message in its entirety here.