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Myopic Ministers & Cowardly Clergy

We’re are living in a strange time in history where it is in vogue to be a “myopic minister” and a “cowardly clergyman.” From where did this malady arise? My hunch is that we have been brainwashed. Our secularized culture has completely perverted and inverted the First Amendment, the one that supposedly contains the words “separation of church and state.” (If you have your pocket-sized copy of the Constitution handy, you won’t find this phrase anywhere in the First Amendment). Anytime we even think about addressing abortion, homosexuality, government corruption or a host of other extremely relevant subjects from our pulpits we get accused of preaching politics and we find ourselves threatened by some leftist organization with the loss of our tax-exempt status.

As a result, many pastors shrink back from preaching the whole gospel and settle for the much narrower version which tries to convince seekers of their need to ask  Jesus into their hearts. While I wholeheartedly concur that “all have sinned” and every person is in dire need of forgiveness and redemption, this is not the whole message of the gospel. It’s the starting place.

 We are called to transform every facet of our society. This means after we get Jesus into people’s hearts, we need to make sure we let Him out!  He will not allow His glory to be contained in the four walls of our church. Christ is Lord over all of life. He doesn’t believe in the modern version of the “separation of church and state” and neither should you. 

I close with one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., a pastor who boldly preached righteousness and fought for cultural transformation:

The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

 

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