Jesus Was Bold,But His Pastors Are Wimps.
Whether it’s Christian bakers, florists, photographers and even pastors being fined thousands of dollars or shut down because their Biblical beliefs don’t embrace gay weddings; Christian military chaplains reprimanded, demoted or fired for praying in the name of Jesus; Catholic schools and charities hounded by lawsuits for refusing to supply abortion-causing drugs ordered by Obamacare; or a football coach losing his job because he led his players in prayer after a game, government’s persecution of Christians who desire only to live out their faith doesn’t seem to alarm most pastors and priests tending the flock.
The leaders of many churches stay silent, strangely uninterested in defending their fellow Christians by speaking out in the “free exercise” of their religion guaranteed by the First Amendment. The reasons seem to be three-fold: they’re afraid the IRS will revoke their tax-exempt status; they may think their mission is to promote Jesus’s message of love and charity and not get mixed up in “politics”; and many fear that controversy will alienate some pew-sitters and take a bite out of donations and attendance numbers.
All of these excuses are basically nonsense. When Barack Obama took to church pulpits in his presidential campaign of 2008 and again when running for re-election 2012, there was no hue and cry about the liberals’ alleged inviolable “wall of separation.” As Mathew Staver, one of the nation’s leading constitutional attorneys, Dean of the Liberty University School of Law and founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel which defends First Amendment cases has written, “No church has ever lost its tax exempt status for endorsing or opposing political candidates. This history alone should alleviate unfounded fear. Pastors can preach on biblical, social and moral issues such as homosexuality and abortion. Churches may host voter registration drives, forums where candidates address the congregation or answer questions from a moderator.”
Pastors who contend they must duck political issues because their Gospel message is about God, not politics, are just plain wrong. Christian morality and political issues are intrinsically intertwined, in the Bible as in real life. The Word of God has a great deal to say about marriage, homosexuality, adultery, the sanctity of life, and even “hooking up” as well instructing church leaders on their duty to affirm the God-given truths in the Bible.
But it takes courage to speak out and defend those values against a powerful, controlling government whose only religion is political correctness. If ministers of Christ’s Gospel would take Jesus himself for their model, they would find that courage. Jesus was far from the meek and mild, lover-not-a-fighter of his popular image. In actuality he was a fiercely rabble-rousing preacher who wasn’t afraid to call out the ruling elites of his time for their hypocrisy and injustice.