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Jul262017

What Issues Should Christianity “Not” Address?

When I was a young Christian I remember my pastor saying to the congregation that there are some issues that were not appropriate for a Sunday morning. He mentioned a few like sex, extra-marital affairs, abortion, and a few more. The point he was making was that the Sunday morning gathering of believers was off limits for some themes just because we had to be respectable in what we talked about from the pulpit. Now I realize times have changed, but has this attitude changed?  I was listening to a Christian leader recently and he basically stated the same thing except for a different reason. His reasoning for not addressing issues like abortion, homosexuality, transgender issues was that his congregation was too divided on these issues to make it worthwhile to address.  Now I love pastors, and many of them are my hero’s but many of them have become afraid to let the Bible speak for them. Let me first address this leaders concern about who is sitting in his congregation and why he not willing to address certain issues. Now what that tells me about this leader is that he is more concerned about his reputation than he is about speaking the truth.  Will addressing a controversial cultural issue change a persons mind about that issue?  No one knows, but everyone needs to know what the Bible teaches on such a subject, silence is not an option. When Christian leaders avoid addressing the culture they become like the culture. Culture does not want to expose its dirty little secret to emotionalize everything they can. So when people use their emotions to do their thinking, they don’t always think clearly about any issue.

In my generation the facts are everything. However, today the facts don’t matter much especially when you are arguing from your emotions, all that matters is how you feel. Feelings are not usually a good compass for direction, and often will play a part in a reaction that is not reasonable or logical. As a result of much of Christianity being fed with trendy ideas and slick marketing ploys, it is my opinion that most Christians are starving for the truth. They get a small smattering of truth in the Sunday sermon and this may be the only time each week believers get challenged to raise the bar in how they are living out their lives for Christ. This is why pastors cannot be silent about the issues of our day by not addressing them head on.

I guess what I am trying to convey is that Christianity should address everything under the sun. As pastors we should not be afraid of our congregations, or the people who sit in them. Pastors are called to lead them and that means their leadership confronts the tough questions with Biblical answers. I have no respect for any Christian leader who abandons the call to preach and tell the truth of the scripture and chooses not to be a prophetic voice for the congregation. What that exactly means is that if the scripture talks about immorality regardless of what it is, we need to address it. If the Bible talks about judgment, we need to talk about it. If the Bible talks about prophecy then we need to talk about it.

Christianity has no themes off the table. Why would we want the people we are leading to be ignorant of what the scriptures teach?  Why shouldn’t the congregation know what your opinion is based upon your interaction with the scriptures? 

Too many Christian leaders make up all kinds of excuses as to why they don’t address the tough issues. Yet the scripture is clear to those who have the knowledge of the truth:

Ezekiel 33:3 When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.

As a Christian you are called to be a watchman. If we refuse to tell people the truth then who will God hold accountable? So what themes are off the table for you as a Christian?  As a pastor or Christian leader? What areas of life do you think God’s Word shouldn’t address? Are the feelings of people more important than what God says?  No one will ever find significance or satisfaction in remaining silent when it comes to the truth. Significance is always found in being like the watchman in Ezekiel 33 and telling the truth.

So, for me there are no issues that Christianity cannot address but the question is, will we address them?

Keeping it honest and truthful…..K

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