I am still baffled by the news out of Houston, TX that the mayor wanted sermons subpoenaed from local churches!
Allan Bevere hit it on this head with his post.
There is a COST to following Christ and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we may begin to feel that pressure a bit here. At this point, it’s silliness.
But the declaration Bevere makes bears repeating:
As I have said before, the church is my nation; the church is my politic. God’s kingdom holds my citizenship. But the reality is that what I say from the pulpit I have no trouble saying out on the streets. In my preaching, I am accountable to God and to the church. I am not accountable to the emperor or his or her minions in state government. If they want to scrutinize what I say in the pulpit they are welcome to read every sermon I’ve ever preached.
This is a time to be reminded that we need the Body of Christ. It is far past time to give up our “rugged individualism” as believers and learn the necessity of the Church. Let us hear this call of allegiance in our own lives. It is about HIS Kingdom come… not any other Kingdom…
Just when I get introduced to a good blogger, he goes away.
But I sure understand his reasons.
Modern liberals and conservatives continue to control the discussion. Those of us who think otherwise are marginalized because we refuse to accept the power and influence of those who are members of the extremes.
I get that completely. And I play that game. Not with my content, I hope… but with my headlines and tags. I am not going to lie.
I know my normal “stuff” doesn’t get read. It doesn’t get “hits.” I don’t have angst. I grew up in a fundamentalist atmosphere, turned into somewhat of a moderate, moving from a die-heard conservative to a raging “moderate,” and that stuff is just plain BORING.
People want shrill.
And my blog the other day about Hobby Lobby proved my point. I got huge numbers on my “hits.” I got ONE person commenting. And when there wasn’t a fight to be had, even that dried up.
I hope Bevere comes back. His next post said he might.
But I sure understand his frustration.
And, quite frankly, I think I’ve reached a point where I’m just plain out of words. I have no desire to be shrill. I just want to lift up Jesus, not as a conservative or a liberal, but just let Jesus shine and do my dead level best to walk in faithfulness to what I see of him in Scriptures.
So, I go off to do that.
And maybe I will find more words to share. But I’m pretty sure they won’t be shrill. And if they make both “sides” mad… even better.
But I think I’ve just run out of words.