Recent national events have caused many people to question and challenge old ideas and conventional wisdom. This is a good and helpful practice to cultivate, for rarely is an answer given before a question is asked. But some harmful habits remain largely unaddressed, such as the reflexive mental and emotional exploits to head off perceived pitfalls before they are ever reached.
A number of popular Christian leaders have developed a disturbing tendency that should be challenged. Many have begun to make assumptions about a reaction before the topic is even presented. Most often, we observe this flaw whenever the topic of wives submitting to their husbands is taught.
Almost without fail, discussions about biblical submission are prefaced by a list of situations to which the teaching does not apply, weakening all that follows. Exceptions are provided before the rule as if an apology is required for the numerous nameless, faceless abusive husbands who may or may not exist in the Christian homes to which the discussion is addressed.
Likewise, many radio and television evangelists and even local pastors, have now adopted the practice of offering timid apologies for “being political” prior to uttering a single word in defense of moral truth or the necessary judgment of evil. When did the Church submit it’s divine mission to the approval of the self-righteous ungodly culture? Does the secular world possess any moral authority that it did not misappropriate from scripture or the Church?
Many years ago, my wife and I met a woman at a church that we were visiting. When we asked about the church’s position on abortion, the woman complained, “There’s too much politics in the church.” She then proceeded to offer her personal opinion. I thought about her comment for many days unable to escape its implication.
The next time we saw the woman, I told her that I had given her statement much consideration. “Of course, political opinion exists in the church,” I said. “People bring it with them. What is scripture, if not the policies of a holy, righteous God? The problem is not that political opinions exist in the church; the problem is that we tend to place our own personal feelings above the word of God.”
People rarely complain about politics in any church when their viewpoints are promoted and prevail. In fact, most refuse to recognize their own views as being influenced by any political bias whatsoever. But it’s essential in this age, that we draw a bold line of demarcation between the moral authority of God and the desires and opinions of men.
It’s a rare, courageous leader who dares to speak the truth about America’s abortion holocaust without mitigation, excuse or namby-pamby qualification. The 60 million human casualties are largely ignored or forgotten. Those who boldly confront the deadly practice are routinely condemned as heartless and cruel and marginalized as outside the mainstream of society.
Leaders who confront the culture’s rampant sexual depravity are even fewer. On lesbianism and homosexuality, the Church has become blind to the wreckage these sins cause and mute in its opposition. Most mainline churches and their pastors have surrendered precious moral high ground fearing the shrieks of dead men and women more than the thundering truth of the living God. They have done this under the illegitimate auspices of love and compassion. As a result, the contagion explodes and the devastation multiplies.
There is far too much emphasis in the secular culture as well as the Church, on the subjective feelings of the unredeemed and too little concern for objective righteousness and truth. The acid of liberalism has been permitted to leach deeply into every major area of our lives, dissolving structure and strength.
Another wrong approach is the arrogant, “a pox on both your houses” posture. Why must valid criticism of one political ideology be balanced or tempered with equally harsh criticism of its alternative? Have we become so shallow and terrified of offending someone’s feelings that we dare not speak on the important moral issues of the day? Or, have we become too ignorant and lazy to rightly divide the word of truth?
America stands at a historic crossroad. Battles rage on a thousand fronts—local, state and national. Our collective survival will depend upon the courageous and principled actions of the righteous who will not surrender to the weak and compromising denizens of debauchery and ruin. The Church has an important leadership role and a fantastic opportunity to save lives and glorify the name of God.
Scripture contains the answers to all of man’s problems, either explicitly or implicitly. We fail whenever we refuse to wield its power appropriately.
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