Hope comes when YOU and ME speak up and speak out!
I have noticed something that goes far and wide, it is silence at injustice -the inability to speak up and speak out against it. This silence is most loudly heard in the church. While many gather on Sunday mornings to worship and hear a cozy “feel good” message-there is no truth being uttered from the pulpit. Never would a pastor dare to speak about social issues or endorse a particular candidate-they’d lose their 501C3 (non-profit) status. But, I think this is the very reason why we see so much ugly in the world today.
Now let me be clear, I am a supporter of the separation of church and state. All throughout history time and time again-the church was found to be corrupt when influenced by the state and at times the two were as one. Declaring a “master” religion, Monarch’s corruptly influencing the church and it’s message, propaganda, the misuse of funds….it was a mess! The government should lack all authority when it comes to an individual’s conscience.The liberty of conscience and individual thought must not be infringed upon.
I get people don’t want to go to church and hear what side of the political aisle their pastor is on….but I personally think they should know! I think that people have become so “gray” in their thinking that they have no radar in deciphering black from white, right from wrong and this….this is a pastor’s role! Making it clearly obvious what is right and what is wrong through their teachings
Simple hearing a pastors views on social and political issues, I believe does not infringe on our Constitutional rights nor does it impede on our own individual rights. It rather challenges thought. The separation of church and state, should not prevent free thinking. No one is forcing one to vote a particular way, or pushing one to adhere to what is being preached from the pulpit….one is still able to choose for themselves what is right and wrong. I am simply advocating….that pastors should be speaking out on these issues, especially ones that directly correlate to a biblical truth of right and wrong…..because if you haven’t noticed it’s getting NUTS out here!!
For example-Supporting abortion….not something Jesus would support, stating this from the pulpit would be the right thing to do, so they should SAY SOMETHING!!
Addressing the enthrallment of misogynistic movies that are popular in our culture is not something Jesus would support, so pastors SAY SOMETHING!
Supporting any leader that does not stand with Israel, when it is clear in scripture that they are God’s chosen people, should be talked about from the pulpit-so SAY SOMETHING!
Supporting any candidate who sleeps around or can’t keep it in their pants-not something Jesus would support, so SAY SOMETHING!
Supporting any legislation that infringes upon individual freedom-which Jesus is ALL about-freedom, that’s what he died for, for us to be FREE in Christ! Ummmmm….He’s all about Freedom…..so SAY SOMETHING!
For the love….open up your Bibles pastors. I am not a pastor. I am not called to be a pastor….but if you are a pastor…it’s time to STEP IT UP!
“Oh but people will leave the church,” “we don’t want to offend,” “We won’t be tax exempt anymore,” “People will stop giving.” This is where your much talked about “Faith” really comes into play….
Church is to be a place of Truth. Truth hurts, it’s not fun to hear, it’s even uncomfortable at times….but truth-sets people free and that is your role! That’s it! Speak TRUTH….no matter how uncomfortable it might be! I think of the apostle Paul, being stoned, and held in prison-that wasn’t comfortable, I think of Peter-being hung upside down on a cross-not comfortable, I think of Stephen being stoned to death-not comfortable…..and I think of Jesus being crucified….he wasn’t crucified because he preached “lovey dovey” messages…..he was crucified because he spoke the truth…..
I believe that our country would not be in the condition it is in, if the church wasn’t so silent…..
so Say Something!