Shame on Evangelical Leaders

Shame on Evangelical Leaders

       Pastors and Christian leaders are called to speak Biblical truth to government and politics, not to compromise on Biblical truth for the sake of political expediency. The Bible is clear as to the role of a man ordained by God. The Word of God says “And He [God] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:11-16).

       While I agree that Pastors and Christian leaders need to be involved in politics, the main goal with any involvement is to speak truth in love to politics, not to compromise on this truth for the sake of political expediency out of fear of the possibility of a “greater evil” winning an election. I am deeply concerned that many Evangelical leaders today are forgetting and therefore failing at their main responsibility, which is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, building up the body of Christ until we all attain the unity of the faith.” These leaders who are endorsing the Republican candidate for President simply because he is, in their eyes, the lesser of two evils are actually causing more confusion and disunity rather than building up unity among Christians. These leaders like James Dobson, Wayne Grudem and others, despite their years of Spiritual maturity and wisdom, have actually been tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by human and political cunning, by craftiness in deceitful political schemes of this current election cycle.

Because of this, a large section of the “Evangelical” community has, instead of growing into Jesus Christ, who is the head of the church, pulled away and followed their own flawed human understanding rather than leaning on God’s wisdom and His Word (The Bible).

       Wayne Grudem is a Theological giant in my eyes, a man whose works I have read and consulted often. Yet he too has been carried away by the craftiness and deceitful schemes of this election season and its poor choices of candidates. You can read Grudem’s endorsement by googling “Grudem endorsement.” In his endorsement Grudem states that it is a “morally good choice because the GOP candidate is just flawed. This after he lists so called “flaws.” These are not flaws these are unrepentant sins according to Dr. Grudem’s own definition of sin! Again Dr. Grudem has watered down terms for political expediency.

       Even Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family, stated that the GOP candidate “appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn't have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices,” the Democratic or Republican candidate. The Democratic candidate “scares me to death. And, if Christians stay home because he isn't a better candidate”, the Democrat “will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days. One thing is sure: we need to be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis."

       As a Pastor whose calling is to shepherd and nurture Christians, new and seasoned believers, I see no evidence of this candidate being tender to anything of the Holy Spirit. In all my years as a Christian and as someone in ministry I have never met a “baby Christian” who is not on fire for Jesus let alone one who claims to not need forgiveness.

       Shame on these Evangelical leaders for failing to live up to their God given responsibility of speaking truth in love at all times no matter who is on the ballot. I do not support the Democratic or Republican candidate. I will vote my conscience because “I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.” (Acts 24:16)
      
I am not afraid nor do I lose any sleep over this election because as a Christian I believe "God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." (2 Timothy 1:7) So to every person of Faith and especially to all Evangelical leaders I say claim your power in Christ, continue to love all people even the candidates you dislike and for goodness sake exercise some self-control! And yes, Dr. Dobson, I agree with you on your last point. We must all be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis.

 

             

       

God’s View of Mr. Donald Sterling

The Bible on Racism and Free Speech

         A wise man many years ago stated “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3) A few days ago an unwise man by the last name Sterling apparently said “white Jews, there's white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?” His lady friend apparently asked, “And are the black Jews less than the white Jews?” to which Mr. Sterling answered “A hundred percent, fifty, a hundred percent.” This is only a portion of Mr. Sterling’s inflammatory comments that have led to his apparent ruin.

          It should be pointed out that the audio recording revealing Mr. Sterling’s comments was recorded and leaked without his permission. Given that this was a private conversation, this would amount to a crime. His comments are more than unwise they are plain wrong, racist, very sad, but most importantly UNGODLY. Does Mr. Sterling have the freedom of speech granted us by the First Amendment? Yes and he is entitled to a private conversation, yet it does not change the fact that his views are completely wrong.

          The first amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

          God tells us in His word that “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” (1 Corinthians 10:23) What God is saying here is that we might have the free will and even the legal protection to say or do what we please, yet not everything if profitable/beneficial and not everything edifies. Mr. Sterling had the 1st Amendment right to say what he said but it was not beneficial and was the polar opposite of edifying. He did not, as Solomon stated, “guard his mouth” instead “he opened wide his lips/mouth” and has come to ruin.

          The root of Mr. Sterling’s comments, as has been the case for many people of all races, is pride! The idea that one is better than another and that one can lord it over others is wrong. The first thing we must recognize regarding racism is that it still exist! Secondly, racism will continue until Christ returns because we live in a fallen world. This does not excuse racism and bigotry yet we must continue to fight this evil way of thinking!

          We know that in the beginning “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;” (Genesis 1:27). In God’s eyes there are different ethnicities and cultures but there is only one race, the human race! No one race is greater than another in God’s eyes! Racism is a product of sin and it is evil. Since the beginning of time we have seen racism in every nation.

          While racism exists we must know that just like God has worked out his plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, He has also continued to work to restore all of creation to the way it was originally intended to be (Romans 8:19-23). Until the shalom of God is once again restored, we have the hope in Christ that despite the evil world we live in, Christ provides redemption. “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28)” In Christ racism, classism, sexism and discrimination cannot exist!

          We live in the greatest nation on earth. We are great because we are not a nation of one ethnicity but of many; not many races but we recognize that we are all One. God has allowed the United States to be populated by men and women of every color, every language, and every background because this is the face of the Kingdom of God. Let us remember how God has blessed us! Let us use the freedom to speak in order to proclaim the good news that Jesus, “is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit (Ephesians 2:14-18).”