Responsibility of Christians?

» Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in Announcements, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

Every once in awhile, I’ll say at a membership meeting that the church shares responsibility — good or bad — for the condition of our nation. While I certainly won’t criticize today’s pastors for concentrating on the noble command of the Great Commission, they’ve forgotten that most early American pastors were members of the Black Robe Regiment. They’ve forgotten the example that their predecessors set when they did not shrink from preaching against an oppressive ruler. They’ve forgotten that pastors used the pulpit to hold their representative’s feet to the fire.

Most pastors today have bought into the lie that religion and politics don’t mix. While they seperate themselves from politics, our spiritual enemies are using politics as a tool to attack the church, our Christian values, and our American way of life. I’m not suggesting that churches should be a political action group. But I am saying that pastors need to understand their silence from the pulpit equates to approval.

And the silence has been devastating.

This week, the California Assembly, in order to advance the sexual immorality they seek using the guise of political correctness, is about to outlaw the Bible. AB 2943 is a bill that purports to declare “sexual orientation change efforts” to be an “unlawful business practice.” What this means is, pastors in CA will be prohibited from privately counseling a youth who may be struggling with thoughts of homosxuality, or help someone wanting to free themselves from the vice of sexual depravity. When this bill passes, they won’t be able to preach against immorality from the pulpit if they pass the collection plate. And, any store that sells the Bible or any other Christian publication that speaks to the evils of sexual immorality will either have to remove such books from their shelves, or in the case of a Christian bookstore, close their doors.

It’s a modern-day book burning. And don’t think for a minute that the bill will be shot down in a court of law. Today’s courts are little more than an activist arm for the liberal agenda, with judges using their own interpretations of the Constitution to justify the dismantling of our values and way of life.

While the author in the following article speaks to the silence of churches in California, I would suggest that every pastor in America shares the blame for this outlandish soon-to-be law. And frankly, unless they have a spiritual awakening, I fully expect their silence to continue.

It’s time for the Body of Christ in California to do some deep soul searching. 

This one incident should show you the importance of why churches need to be involved in state politics, and why the SCTP continues to fight.

In Liberty,
Steve Osborn
SCTP Chairman