Were it not for women, Christianity would have probably died years ago under the Progressive agenda in America. Pastors, priests, and preachers act contrary to what congregants desire to happen in the political arena. Their failure to act means they don’t recognize what women in their congregations and parishes want and expect, or they are too chicken to fight to retain religious freedom.
It may be time to fight the political battle as the only way to save the Christian church. Politicians won’t save it, women can’t save it, and Christian leaders lack interest in fighting to save it. Oh, I know about the threat that clerics fear. The (L.B.) Johnson amendment of 60 or so years ago says churches will lose their tax-exempt status for speaking about election matters from the pulpit. Perhaps it is time to pay taxes, to get a bigger foot in the secularist controlled door, a better seat at the Progressive table—money is their power.
Mega churches can afford to pay taxes just by spending less on monstrous building and glorifying structure, entertainment, and status. I know, the latter is credited with bringing in all the money, but I do not believe it. If and when they should pay taxes, they can also lobby for lower tax rates, which can help their brothers in lesser pulpits. (I am not naïve enough to believe it will happen before it is imposed by government, which means they will never get a seat at the power tables and Christianity will be dissolved in political acid.)
Regardless, for another legal reason, little hope exists for overturning the regulation, and I don’t know the outcome of that Sunday multi-pastor ‘revolt’. But no matter, Christianity needs more backbone shown in the political arena. The past is relevant
Men conquered this country from Atlantic to Pacific but women civilized it. American wives melded the values of two male-dominated religions with constitutional freedoms of free men into what used to be our female-governed Judeo-Christian culture. They took little power from men in the process. They used table and pillow talk to preach about the improvements needed at their husband’s job to make society consistent with female expectations; that is, to make our country more female-, child-, and family-friendly.
A unified womanhood of wives bent on making a better society changed slowly but indelibly the cultural values that men followed in both workplace and society. By the 1950s men were quite satisfied to live by those female values, standards, and expectations that made up the culture and guided all of us in a unified and peaceful society.
Pulpit occupiers now stand aside waiting for others to lead the way, as if they are not leaders, as if their pulpits are not defensive weapons. Who better knows Christian interests, threats, and tolerance to them?
They act as though God will provide with them doing nothing but preaching to congregants about peaceful relationships or biblical specificity. (Just this morning I heard a sermon aimed perfectly at theological students, but no food for me.) They endorse the female motto that love conquers everything, that love will overcome. Do we see progress? Do we see men acting like men or women? Advocates or wusses? Defenders of the crown of thorns or band aid distributors? Or falling to their knees not to pray but to dodge standing up for what is right, proper, religiously sane, and politically necessary?
God gave us the church to keep us on the good track of life. If the modern church were a locomotive, the pastors, priests, and preachers are not maintaining the rails and ties ahead of the engine. As Christians just wanting to cruise as law-abiders on our personal train, we are about to be dumped onto where the track has not been laid.
By inaction, Christian leaders wish followers would believe that without leaders’ involvement in daily politics, Christianity will nevertheless survive both 1) the attacks currently aimed at political destruction of our religion and religious freedom, and 2) modification of Christian beliefs through anti-Christian cultural change.
Anti-Christian and anti-American trends work directly and daily in D.C. against those who lead congregants from the pulpit. Responding as if enslaved, political silence prevails. Christian leaders are endowed with freedom too, but self-victimized by the IRS looking over their shoulders.
It is being tried but with too-slow success. When will Christian denominations find common ground upon which to unify and fight against the political enemies of both religion and the church? (A bold effort is underway for Israel but not the U.S. although David Barton at Wallbuilders has resurrected The Black Robed Regiment of Revolutionary days.)
If the pastors don’t find common ground to unify themselves into one political influence, how can their congregants? How can Christianity prevail without collective leadership since, as we can see every day, we as individuals stand no chance, While the lions and coliseum may be figurative these days, other things may be equivalent. Ask the Christians in Islamic countries.
Can pastors, priests, and preachers not work together politically without getting into theological differences? Are they that dumb, power-stricken, or such theological purists. Regardless of cause, they defer without dispute to the opinions and actions of elite secularists and progressives out to destroy Christianity and change the American culture to godlessness? They have already enabled the principle of morality to be killed by ignoring wives and mothers over the past few decades.
As Tocqueville said about Americans, “[M]orality is the work of woman.” If marriage dies, families bust up, fewer wives exist to coach husbands to restore morality. The morality bucket is already less than half full and the wives and mothers who normally fill it are dying off. If morality is of such little concern to pastors—heard any sermons lately on that subject alone?— then society has little beneficial purpose in Christianity. So, why be a Christian except in the home and heart of individuals, where it just makes a Christian different and prime subject for persecution. As Franklin said at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Persecution also works much like that.
From what they are allowing to happen in America without influence from the pulpit, our pastors, priests, and preachers indirectly contribute to the demise of Christianity, their jobs, religious freedom, and our freedom-loving lives.
NOTE: I have just wasted my Sunday afternoon; it’s only a rant but I had to get it off my chest. Human nature and historical politics tells me this. As with others, when persecution starts, those at the top escape as best they can and leave followers to cope as best they can. Every man for himself. So, Christian leaders are the first to sell out and far too few will tackle the Christian-demeaning and Christianity-destroying power structure. Phrased differently, martyrs are extinct, when prosperity abounds. We are, are we not, importing non-Christians and leaving persecuted Christians to die? Where is the march of the clerics on Capital Hill?