As I see it, The God job has two fronts: to reach out to and lock in lost souls and to righteously leaven our current cruddy culture for Him.
First, Pastors and Priests are to study and teach the word of God carefully and apply it to our lives practically, so we don?t end up knocking on the pearly gates castrated, in a Star Trek uniform wearing Nikes and asking where the hell the Hale-Bop comet went. Additionally, they are called to help their congregants graciously implement God?s way and will, to build the good society in their nation.
Hear me, man of God: your job does not end when the sinner secures his soul and is guaranteed that he?ll go to heaven, walk around in a peignoir playing the harp, aglow in the promise that he?ll never be in jeopardy of eternally roasting on Dante?s Viking Grill. Yes, your vocation also entails taking the saved ex-sinner and equipping him to change this planet into something approaching God?s taste.
Ministers have massive influence woven into their job. Instead of using it to fleece their sheep, to molest altar boys, or simply to dole out clich?like an over-medicated Oprah Winfrey, why not re-align with the scripture and focus on fixing this mucked up culture? What about using your powerful impact to establish this nation in righteousness, according to biblical standards?
This means you must divide your attention from evangelism and weigh in on all things which effect our culture, i.e., Business, Entertainment, Education and yes, Politics. All the aforementioned directly affect the health and wealth of the people you are trying to reach and require that you have a biblically based opinion on each category, in order to influence them in ways which honor God.
Given that this is a presidential election year and that the culturally dividing issues are more obvious than Courtney Love?s last lip implants, it is mind-boggling that many clergy are mute or side with parties, policies and principles that are antithetical to what scripture clearly states is holy, just and good.
With the clear ?secular versus sacred? issues, how can a minister stay silent when he should be at the forefront, challenging evil policies and the politicians and judges who are trying to enforce them, the way Elijah challenged Ahab and Hillary ? I mean, Jezebel.