Is this your pastor? OK, so maybe your church leader is a different gender or race, but this could still be your leader. What do I mean? Simply this—the church in America is under a gag order instituted by the IRS and out of fear of losing their tax-exempt status, church leaders toe the line.
Now, if you go back to the founding days of this country, this absurd restriction on free speech within the church would have been something expected from King George III, but not here in America!
Worse still, I believe many church leaders today refuse to speak out on the non-IRS restricted issues out of (1) fear of the backlash, (2) lack of conviction, and (3) simply a mediocre position on God’s word.
Here’s a “for instance”: In Canada or England, speaking from the pulpit regarding the Biblical perspective on homosexuality could be viewed as terroristic and inciting hate. Oddly, while there is no such restriction here in the US, many weak-kneed pastors fail to address this issue in the church setting.
Is it a relevant issue? Sure it is. You cannot turn on TV without being confronted with it and it’s a rare day if you don’t encounter someone who is in the LGBT community. And schools today feature alternative lifestyles in their curriculum. So while society indoctrinates our children, who is willing to take a stand and teach them otherwise?
In my house, I do it because I cannot wait for or rely on the church leadership to do so. Just as so many have said that sex education belongs at home, not in the schools, where does Biblical teaching belong? I suggest it belongs at home also but surprisingly, PERHAPS IT BELONGS IN CHURCH AS WELL!!!
Wow, what a concept—a church that teaches what the Bible says about a relevant, societal issue!
No, we’d rather sing along to the songs we hear on K-LOVE, enjoy the drum beat, the cool guitar riff, and hear 15-20 minute homilies that follow the pattern of joke, parallel, point, wrap-up, prayer. Ah, let’s not forget the passing of the plate to support all of this show.
It’s a good thing church isn’t like a restaurant, where you pay for what was put in front of you and tip over and above that depending on how good the service was. If it were like that, perhaps services would improve.