It’s not that any priest/preacher cares what I think. Nevertheless, I’m going to pass along what they should say to their flocks and why. The reason for my advice is the dropping numbers of young people in the various branches of the faith. There is a large exodus of Hispanic young people from Catholicism, the Southern Baptist Convention drops by ten percent each year and so on.
My advice is counterintuitive to most priests and preachers. They attend seminaries where they learn about their faith’s dogma. People ask them about issues of theology all the time and they are considered experts. Clergy are prewired to state the truth as seen by their branch.
Contrast the approach of espousing “the truth” to what I hear the United Church of Christ (UCC) I attend a few times a year. Preachers there often say, “That’s the way it seems to me,” or “That’s the interpretation that works for me.”
That qualification or disclaimer fits our current culture to a tee. Dogmatic, “I know the truth,” has been replaced today with, “New ideas are still coming in.”
The fundamental problem is the economics of religion. Clergy have been taught to think of themselves as “producers” of theology and those in the pews “consumers”. In reality, those is the pews feel confident to decide theology for themselves–they are producers.
My advice to preachers/priests is to convey the truth. That is you are not certain what the truth is.