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Pastors taken to task for political apathyWorldnetdaily September 16, 2010 By Drew Zahn
 
MIAMI – America has gone “from one nation under God to a nation at war with God,” said Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America, at WND’s “Taking America Back Conference.” And who’s to blame?

According to a pair of speakers at the Miami confab, one of most significant answers is also one the most uncomfortable for Christians.

“As the church goes, so goes the nation; as the pastor goes, so goes the church.” Scarborough said, “What we have in America is a preacher problem.”

Scarborough, himself a former Southern Baptist minister, told the audience his story of recognizing the need for pastors to snap out of political complacency and get involved in the cultural war for the soul of the nation.

He had attended a sexual education presentation at his daughter’s high school in the 1990s, only to discover a message of sexual license and perversity that shocked him. When he brought a transcript of the presentation to his church, the building was filled with people equally stunned.

Shortly thereafter, Scarborough explained at “Taking America Back,” he began to free his congregation from excessive church responsibilities to take up civic duties. Members of his church were elected to the school board and city council and began to reassert Christian values in the public arena.

“We just got the people in the churches to stand up and do what they ought to be doing,” Scarborough said.

The story is at the heart of his founding of Vision America, but he warns that the people will not rise up and get involved unless the pastors lose their fear and apathy toward political involvement.

Doug Giles, radio host and father of the undercover video journalist Hannah Giles, brought the same challenge, but with a much sharper tone.

“Somebody who waffles, quiet as a church mouse,” Giles said, “that cat is about as useless as a pitch pipe to Yoko Ono.”

Giles further charged, referring to the heated politics surrounding the tea party movement and the 2010 election, “If a pastor is not part of this crucial societal throwdown … this pastor is Dr. Evil and part of the problem.”

Giles listed 10 reasons pastors don’t get involved in politics and refuted every one.

He warned pastors against thinking of their duties as primarily pious and spiritual: “Your religious liberties are disappearing like a pack of smokes at an AA clinic.”

He warned pastors not to fear losing their 501(c)3 tax-exempt status: “You’re going to compromise the gospel because you don’t want to pay taxes on hot dogs? Wow.”

Pulling no punches, Giles also slammed big-church pastors who are afraid of speaking out on issues of liberty and morality for fear of losing their lucrative positions: “Christendom has its shares of money-loving hookers … bowing to cash instead of convictions.”

“Saul Alinsky loves those pastors who don’t get involved politically,” Giles concluded, “and so does the guy written about in the dedication to his book [“Rules for Radicals”]. Who was that again? Oh yeah, Lucifer.”

Scarborough argued that the culture wars won’t be won unless both pastors and pew-sitters are willing to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty in the fight:

“The problem with us Christians today is that we’re so afraid of offending our little ears that we’ve dug holes and buried our heads in them,” he said. “The holes that the ‘gays’ came out of, the church went in, and it’s not going to change until the church comes out.”

He wrapped up his speech with a challenge:

“If the church doesn’t awaken now, if the tea party and everybody involved doesn’t understand that God is at the heart of it all, then we lose,” he said.

The crowd then erupted in standing ovation with his final words, “It’s now or never. It’s time for the church to stand.”

 


1 Response to “Pastors taken to task for political apathy – “What we have is a preacher problem””

  1. 1 Tom

    Dear Danny & Jason,

    I have attached a letter that I am sending to the Melbourne Age. You can spread it around as much as you like. They may or may not print it. If there is one thing I learned from the last election, it is the fact that in the leadup to the elections, there was one very vital thing missing that I believe could have made a big difference to the outcome, and that is: the fear or reluctance or apapathy, or call it whatever you like, of the Body of believers in Christ, to confront evil and call it for what it is, and what it can do. Just before the election my wife and I had to go down to Armidale in NSW to see her mother who had taken ill. I was concerned about some things that were going on in the political realm, so I took my shofar that I had brought home from Israel. We travelled via the inland route through central Queensland, and as we went along, I blew my lungs out on the shofar, and we prayed for a great repentance to come upon our land. Just after we arrived at our destination, the Lord spoke to me, and said this: “Take you eyes off politicians, take your eyes off people, take your eyes off what the enemy is doing, and fix your eyes on Me. For I am going to do a work throughout this land that will confound the skeptics and the liars, and all those who work against Me”. That is all He said at the time. We told Him that we wanted to be a part of that work. Just after the election was finalised, I asked the Lord how he was going to do this work with the type of people who had gotten control of our Government. He said that this would be a soverign work of His Holy Spirit, and no man will get the glory. He said that it would be a work done where the need is, outside the walls of buildings, and all He would require of those who wanted to take a part in this work, was a spirit of humility, obedience and faith, and a spiritual ear to hear his instructions and carry them out..

    I came into the baptism of the Holy Spirit from a very strict fundamentalist background. A verse in the Bible that would describe our performance at one time would be Isaiah 65 verse 5 (don’t come near me for I am holier than thou). Some years ago Leonard Ravenhill prayed for me to receive the gift of “Discerning of Spirits”. I have learned over the years to be very wary of false spirits who want to divert our attention away from the leading of the Holy Spirit. One day soon I will send you an article I have written called “Performance – The Original Sin”. I believe you will see how easily we can become sidetracked into believing that we are doing God’s will, when in fact we are doing otherwise.

    I send this to you because I believe wih all my heart that revival is coming, but not before there is a great repentance, and a turning away from evil. I know that this must happen first in the Body of Believers in Christ. I believe that one of the urgencies we are facing today, is for the Church to get back to “hating evil” . Without a change of heart and mind about evil and how it hurts God, it is hard to see the vision of what He is going to do. Faith is a vision of something of substance we would like to see come into being. The evidence that will bring that vision into reality is the Word of God that exposes evil and reveales the light of God’s Truth. You can’t have faith without a vision. I trust that all who love the Lord Jesus Christ will catch the vision of what God is going to do in our land, and go all the way with Him. Shalom & Blessings Abundant, Tom

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