Just the other day I was reading an article on how 14% of Christians have left their church following the election. I find this troubling not because their actions were unjustified, but rather because it becomes yet another example of people who are letting their faith be driven by their circumstances. While I understand there were quite a few evangelical ministers who misused the pulpit to advocate for the sitting president we are seeing a nation become divided over politics. This yet another example of how the enemy is becoming more powerful in our nation. The risk of leaving their community is that finding another church which feels like home is hard. I have to wonder how many of these people found another community to join following this decision? While there is nothing wrong with changing churches because there may be biblically based disputes, but to give up on one’s faith over a politician is troubling. It opens the question how strong is the faith of those in America. Further troubling is the growing number of pastors abusing their authority to advocate for a candidate who does not live by the gospel. There was nothing which indicated the man the advocated for was living by the gospel. Nor were their actions ethical. There are two sides to this issue which really trouble me and the church needs to address this sooner than later.
Listen I know a lot of people who look at the separation of church and state as an enemy to faith, but when taken in the proper context it’s there to protect the church from oppression. It prevents state-sponsored churches. However, far too many people in this nation have no idea what this concept is about. They continue to skew everything it is about. Even worse there are pastors using the pulpit to advocate for politicians. This is 100% unethical. They have the right to advocate for a candidate, but not on the pulpit. Don’t get me wrong here speaking about politics on the pulpit and advocating are two different things. A pastor is well within his rights to speak on political issues, especially if it violates the core of our beliefs. However, speaking about advocating for a candidate is flat out wrong. Unless the other candidate is a major threat to our belief, our way of life, or anything which could alter the faith that’s one thing. However, many of them advocated for the one who was divisive, sexist, misogynistic, racist and living far from the gospel. They let politics interfere with good judgment. I am blessed to have a minister who leads my church with a nonpartisan mentality on the pulpit. Every minister should be politically neutral on the pulpit. While I can not blame these people for leaving their community I have to say my friend this is dangerous. You can not make change by backing down. It’s extraordinarily dangerous to leave your community without a backup plan.
Politics aside for a moment, Americans are particularly vulnerable to letting circumstances drive their faith. I am here to give you a stern warning this is wrong, dead wrong. Circumstances are just that circumstances. While a person who I do not support and many Americans do not support is in charge we have to push on past this. We have to be the change we seek. We have to unite rather than divide. We have to not only make the changes in our communities, but in our churches, schools, homes, and where ever we go. Don’t get me wrong if you are one of the 14% who left and did so because of biblical and theological concerns that’s fine. However, I provide another stern warning if it was by circumstances I am telling you, my friend, the enemy is winning. He is rejoicing right now that you have put a fork in your connection to God. I get it maybe that bridge which connected you to that community has been burned. However, in these time we have to stick together. We have to remain united in community. If you can’t find a church immediately get some friends together and worship. Follow a bible based and respectable digital community. However, times are changing and we need the church to rise. We can not lay down and let the enemy win.
This is the time for the church to be the church. Politics has not place leading theology. If you are in ministry and have concerns about a candidate and I mean legitimate issues please air them out. Russell Moore recently appropriately aired out concerns which were biblically based and he faced criticism. We need more ministers like Dr. Moore to rise up and appropriately use the pulpit to forward the body of Christ. We face divide right now folks and we as the church have to be the church. We have to help the sick, poor, and weary. We have to change the world for Christ. Peace and Blessings Always my brothers and sisters in Christ.