The Church 2017
We stand in this crazy gap. This is nothing new to anyone who has been a practicing christian for a while. What is new are the tools available at our fingertips.
We have a racist, sexist, and just plain vile president. He does nothing to hid his stances and views and yet we sit in silence. I assume that most churches are like mine and that means that the pastors are friends with everyone that goes on some form of social media. Daily my Facebook feed is full of vile, mean, and hatred filled posts that are put there for all to see.
Funny thing, they get ignored by the people who have been entrusted to lead people closer to Christ. Ignorance may be bliss, just ignoring things is an insult to your call and faith though.
At some point we have become obsessed with the status quo. We want large numbers of people. We want their money. We want them to feel comfortable and welcome. This comes at a great cost. We avoid persecution because it will invade on our time. We want to live the American dream, a dream that stands opposed to the dreams of the Father.
I have gone to the same church for over 17 years. My partnership with this place is old enough to drive and almost old enough to buy some cigarettes and a Playboy. Sure, we come together for certain things, some one dies, someone loses their job, etc. I haven’t seen a single post about Puerto Rico. I haven’t seen a single post about denounces the hatred that our President spews.
Yes, I know, you are going to tell me that the bible says that all leadership is God appointed.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
You know who else falls into that category? Hitler.
Yes, that Hitler.
We are left with a decision, do we say this is what God wants or do we actually push in and see what God wants us to do. Nebuchadnezzar was also appointed by God. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t want Daniel to stick close to his faith. It doesn’t mean that he wanted the Israelites to be destroyed by him for giggles.
Paul is telling us to be good citizens. He is not telling us to blindly follow the norm.
For me, I pray daily for Donald Trump. I pray that God will bless him. I also understand that being blessed is not getting your way. It is not being allowed to wallow in filth and sin. Instead, it is being drawn closer to a God that I believe has our best intentions in mind and those all start with seeing him for who he is.
Right now, our silence is deafening. Our lack of action is a sign of agreement. Maybe all leadership is appointed by God. Maybe that doesn’t mean we get a free pass to ignore the hatred and strife right in front of us.