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Why are pastors silent on current events and social issues?

I attended a wedding a couple of weeks ago and during the reception I was asked the question, “why are pastors so uninvolved in speaking to the social issues and absent from the political arena?” I had two answers; the first is in the words of Francis Schaffer, “affluence and personal peace”. I focused on the personal peace. I have heard pastors say things like, “I don’t want the controversy”, or they just sit in silence waiting for the conversation to change. These types of responses tell me everything I need to know.

 

It may seem that our spiritual boat is safe in the shallows and the chances of it rocking or taking on water is avoided. This indifference to the political storms may seem like it will protect the flock and keep the peace, but in reality it exposes the flock to forces that wish to subdue the powerful influence of the kingdom of God. While the Church is sitting in safe harbor those who wish to enslave all of mankind are drilling holes in our boat. How safe are we hunkered down in the bow while under attack?

 

We are ambassadors of the kingdom of God and we are soldiers, also.  We have plenty of defensive gear in our arsenal, but equally important are our offensive weapons, like truth.  If this truth is only spread amongst ourselves, then everything that surrounds us is left to decay, which will ultimately affect us.

 

The reality is that the ungodly are terrified of the politically active Church. They cannot afford truth to be proclaimed in an arena where lies and deception rule. Furthermore the godless believe that they own the earth. The tragedy of this lie is that many pastors believe that the devil is the legitimate heir of the earth, too. Nothing could be further from the truth according to Ps 2:8, where God promises His Son the nations and the ends of the earth for His possession. Ps. 2:10-12 goes on to warn the judges and kings to be careful not to make the Son angry lest He judge you.  Ps 24:1 “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it”. Col. 1:16 speaks to the fact that visible as well as invisible thrones, dominions, principalities and powers were created through Him and for Him.

 

The Satanic left is protected by a very thin wall of lies and deception. With the slightest breath of truth we can blow their walls down and liberate millions. If there is a shed of truth to this, then why won’t we? This leads me to the second answer that I didn’t get to discuss with my friend at the wedding.

 

This one is much more involved and more controversial, but is absolutely necessary to discuss if we are to take the ship into the deep waters. The subject is eschatology. My first statement in regards to this subject is, if your belief in end time’s doctrine causes you to suffer from political paralyses, you may need to revisit the subject. God does not license us to section off parts of life and assume that God is not interested.

 

I love this country and it just breaks my heart to see it dismantled by the godless. My prayer is that the Church ceases Her inactivity. We are so focused on leaving the earth when our commission is on the earth. Pr. 29:2 when the righteous are in power the people rejoice. We are the largest single demographic in the country and the most capable of governing, but we see ourselves as grasshoppers. Wake up Church and spread salt and light into every sphere and jurisdiction that touches reality.

 

I will be dealing with the second response in my next post.