7. Paltry pietism and the separation from the world mentality. Pastors and priests avoid politics because such concerns are ?unspiritual,? and their focus is on the ?spirit world.? Yes, to such imbalanced ministers, political affairs are seen as ?temporal and carnal,? and because pastors and priests trade in the ?eternal and spiritual,? such ?transient? issues get the same attention from them as Rosie?s AbBlaster does from her.
What drives this type of clergy and Christian? Well ? this brand of believer desires a ?personal relationship with Jesus only? type of religion. This bunch is primarily into heavenly emotions and personal Bible study, tucked away from society and its complicated issues. Being preoccupied with looking inward and upward, such solipsistic saints inadvertently chain themselves to the never ending treadmill of spiritual introspection. They forget that they are commanded to be seriously engaged with our culture. The effects of this type of ?Christian? separatism/pietism proved disastrous in pre-Nazi Germany, and aided and abetted Hitler in mounting his hellish war horse.
The German Church of the late 1920?s and early 1930?s decided not to be politically involved, and they did so to the destruction of everything they held dear, not to mention the lives of millions of people. These Teutonic Christians opted for a separated life and private Bible study. As a result, they were squeezed out of the centers of political and cultural power. They became, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, ?salvation egoists and an escapist?s church and no longer the salt of the earth.? The German Church?s abnegation of its political role afforded Hitler a primrose path to tool down. Think about that, pastor, the next time you prattle off ?the politics don?t matter? blather.
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