Oftentimes in the 21st Century, many pastoral leaders say they have been called by God, but few are chosen. Everyone that says “Lord, Lord” does not mean it. Therefore, judging by the ungodly political nature and character of American society, few have been chosen by God.
Seemingly, the pastoral heart’s desire of too many Christian right-wing Evangelical pastors is material empire-building and fishing for money, not shepherding souls. Jesus warned us about false prophets, and told us to remain prayerful, because, “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew signs and wonders: insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24: 24).
Brink of collapse
Christian right-wing Evangelical pastoral leaders, these are difficult spiritual times in which we live. Convoluted demonic sociopolitical ideas have fueled racial and cultural divisions among Americans, and America is on the brink of internal moral collapse.
Christian right-wing Evangelicals, do not repeat history. Learn from the past, e.g., the annihilation of Native Americans. America, let’s embrace the future that God has spiritually ordained: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that that are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Right that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”
The moral walls have been torn down because of ungodly, self-centered leadership in every sector of American society. John the Baptist preached repentance. It is definitely time for Christian right-wing Evangelicals to repent and confess that their participation in the election of an ungodly man, Donald J. Trump, to the presidency was an abomination to both God as well as humankind.
As Christians, we know that Trump is God’s permissive will, not his sovereign will. Thus, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12: 1-2).
Christian Right Evangelicals, in case you have spiritually forgotten: “The first of all commandments is, Hear, O’ Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12: 29-31).
Therefore, acknowledging this spiritual inspiration from the Holy Bible does not make an individual weak. It makes an individual better, not bitter. Get right with God, because, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9: 27).
Christian right-wing Evangelical pastors, you need to begin preaching something other than material empire-building, and “Get the money, get the money, any kind of way get the money.”
Know this: all money is not good money, because “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6: 10).
For God’s sake, Christian right-wing Evangelical pastors, say something! You should spiritually know, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1: 7).
New battle cry
These are difficult times for godly Christian believers that know Jesus. The 21st Century is characterized by the sinfulness of vanity, greed and licentiousness – the sexual-pleasure principle. “Get the money” has become America’s battle cry, not the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In fact, the inscription on money – “In God We Trust” – has become a spiritually deceptive way to position money as God.
A spiritual admonishment to wise Christian right-wing Evangelical pastoral leaders: Do not become lifetime card-carrying-members of the “I Don’t Know Him” Club. Christian right-wing Evangelical pastors, you know Him, but you refuse to obey the Two Great Commandments of Jesus, and teach the truth of God in and out of season from God’s pulpit, not your pulpit.
Therefore, Christian Right Evangelicals, do not become like Peter: start out hot, wax cold, and when ungodly politicians rat you out, you end up professing by your actions, inactions, and silence “I don’t know Him” when they come to eat up your flesh.
Let your light shine
Remember Jesus established the Christian Church upon Peter’s declaration of faith, and therefore, “The just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4). Hence, let your light so shine before the ungodly – especially ungodly political leaders – that they might see your good works and ask, “What must I do in order to be saved?”
Your daily prayer ought to be the prayer of the prophet Habakkuk: “Oh Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid. Oh Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3: 1-2).
What would MLK say?
During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, because of the deafening silence and ungodly criticism of many Christian leaders regarding nonviolent protest marches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
What would Dr. King write today regarding the deafening silence of Christian right-wing Evangelical pastors as the spiritual, moral, and democratic foundation of American society is being ripped apart by notions of ungodly White nationalism?
Let your spiritual eyes see the coming of the glory of the Lord! Christian Right Evangelicals and President Trump. what color is an individual’s immortal soul? Christian Righters, God has chosen you. But judging from your silence, have you chosen God? Or do you have lock jaw?
Bobby Mills has a Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University and a professional degree in theology from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.