Why do ministers run from political issues like Bill Clinton scrams from Hillary when she?s in one of her? ?moods?? Part I, of this three part series, gave three reasons for the current clerical cultural aversion: 1. Fear of Man; 2. Ignorance regarding the pressing problems; 3. Division and not wanting to be divisive when, in fact, it is vital.
Here are three more motives why, according to my experience, ministers do not step up to the political plate and take a serious swing at righting our societal wrongs.
4. Last Days Madness. Many ministers do not get involved in political issues because they believe that, ?it simply doesn?t matter? since ?the end has come?, and Jehovah is about to run the credits on this failed earth flick. These defeatists believe that any change in the jet stream, war, earthquakes, success of a corrupt politician -- even a new Britney Spears video -- is ?proof? that God is getting really ? really -- ticked off and His only recourse is to have Christ physically return and kick some major butt.
Their only hope is in ?The Rapture?. They see the church and themselves as impotent and having no real ability to change things culturally with any long range ramifications. Thus, any stab at a better tomorrow is simply an exercise in futility for this crew. Attempting to right culture is, in their eyes, equivalent to polishing brass on a sinking ship. They are, therefore, content to simply pass out tracts, tramp from Christian rock concert to Christian rock concert, eat fatty foods, and stare at Christian TV.
5. Sloth. Classically defined, sloth is lethargy stemming from a sense of hopelessness. Viewing our nation and the world as an irreparable disaster, where our exhortations, prayers, votes and labors will not produce any temporal fruit, leaves one with all the fervor of a guy who?s forced to French kiss his sister.