This is why they avoid addressing anything that is controversial. I've chosen a different way. I purposely share controversial topics in order to demonstrate how God's word shapes my attitude and response to these things. Oh on earth will we disciple nations if the Church avoids the controversies affecting nations?
I'm not alone in this thinking. There are in fact many relatively UNKNOWN ministers who do. I highlight that to bring to light another aspect of this problem.
Let me be clear. It's not just the minister's fault! It's the people who "love" the message that makes life easier for them. Not all, but many, have become quite popular with large followings. The message of the cross is lost in a veiled sense of wisdom that teaches people a twisted view of love that is actually conflict avoidance.
In the video associated with this article Lance shares that he has wondered why the Church, referring to its leaders, seem to have fallen silent since the election of Trump. They are not addressing any of the moral issues, confronting corruption nor addressing lies. He shared some of the notes he took listening to some of our friends sermons. This provides the context for my comments on Facebook which I've shared below.
My post on Facebook
I have some of the same friends Lance does and with regard to the 2nd point he makes, I have seen and agree with his conclusion. One of my friends in ministry (well known, popular in a certain segment) said this on numerous occasions both privately and in settings where other ministers/pastors were being addressed publicly. He said:
"I have both Democrats and Republicans in my congregation therefore there are certain issues we avoid."
My thought's always been, so what? What does a person's party affiliation have to do with the Truth we are charged to present.
This is why I have actually chosen to model something different over the last number of years because "you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free." This is why: