The way I see it, the “God job” has two fronts: 1) to reach out to a lost soul helping to keep it from hell and 2) to righteously leaven our current cruddy culture for Christ.
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 drinking goofy grape and committing suicide en masse with the latest Jim Jones cult. Additionally, they are called to help their congregants build the good society in our nation. Y’know, the “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” stuff?
A minister has the responsibility of massive influence woven into his job. Instead of using it to fleece his sheep, to molest altar boys, or simply to dole out clichés like a drugged up Kathie Lee, why not re-align with the scripture and focus on fixing this mucked up culture? Huh?
This means you must not focus your attention only on evangelism but also weigh in on all things which affect 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 they require that you have a biblically based opinion on each category in order to influence them in ways that honor God.
Given that this is an election year and that the culture-dividing issues are more obvious than Pam Anderson’s “upgraded” breast 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. As far as I’m concerned, a silent or waffling pastor or priest in today’s climate is a bad guy. I don’t care how much he likes kitty cats and candy canes. Look, mute boy, if you’re not in the middle of this crucial cultural squabble, then you’re Dr. Evil in my book.
In some kind of ascending order, it seems to me there are 10 reasons why pastors and priests avoid political issues and why they are chicken hearted.
1. Fear of man. If you purport to be a man of “the cloth,” then your regard for God and His opinion must trump the trepidation of the creature God created from spit and mud. Come on, man of God, don’t fear us. We’re ants with cell phones that’ll shoot Botox into our foreheads. We’re friggin’ weird and fickle weather vanes of the modern media. Lead us . . . don’t follow us!
Never live for a nod from the congregation or some political twerp or a particular party, especially when said group is way off biblical base.
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