The Current Cowardly Church Needs a Mega Dose of the Rebel Spirit – Doug Giles
July 8, 2012 24 Comments
While I don’t agree completely with Doug’s points here, I think his main thrust is correct. We have far too much of ‘go-along-to-get-along’ Christianity in this country, and not only in the Evangelical movement. It’s seems like many are more concerned with their tax-exempt status than with the status of their souls. It is no sin to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s but, it is sinful to not render to God that which is God’s.
Nobody ever said that Christianity is supposed to be easy, or comfortable, or even profitable (in this world). Because of its moral teaching, the Faith is a rigorous school, teaching the difference between right and wrong, or good and evil, if you will. If it is not, it is failing in its duty to both God and man.
The Catholic bishops have shown the way, the rest of our pastors, preachers, reverends, and leadership, as well as us, individually need to follow their lead and bring the Faith back into the public square. This does not mean that the church should be a political arena but, when the government infringes on the beliefs of the churches, they should say so.
If the Faith doesn’t respect itself enough to stand on its beliefs, why should anyone else respect it.
Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. –Declaration of Rights, Maryland
Unlike America’s original rebel Christians who dumped the Brits’ taxed tea into Boston Harbor and told King George that he could kiss their King George, today’s evangelicals, I believe—especially the dandy ministers who love to be loved—would have folded like one-ply toilet paper before British oppression. We’re a timid tufted titmouse compared to our rowdy founding forefathers.
Here are four reasons why I believe today’s evangelicals would have melted like little bon-bons during the American Revolution:
1. Some dainty saints of today think rebellion against tyrants is disobedience to God, when the converse is actually true.