Shane Idleman: For Young Christian Leaders, Silence is Not an Option Because the Silent Pulpit is Not God’s Pulpit

A miniature U.S. flag rests on a copy of the Bible at voter registration at West Philadelphia High School on U.S. midterm election day morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2014. | (Photo: REUTERS/Mark Makela)

As a result of massive ad campaigns on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and so on, we are witnessing a strong surge of young elected officials. Sadly, talking points and wrong information rather than character and truth is influencing the next generation.

As I recently wrote in an op-ed on socialism and borders, much of the division in our nation centers around a biblical worldview or a lack thereof. Students of Scripture understand that God uses governmental leaders to accomplish His purposes and plans.

The president is not “pastor in chief”; he is “commander in chief.” Many are confused because they don’t understand the role of government. The institution of government was created by God to govern mankind—to protect and defend and to administer justice. We can’t legislate morality, but we can restrain evil and deter wrongdoing. The real question is “whose” morality prevails?

To young Christian leaders, silence is no longer an option. We can no longer hide behind the excuse “I don’t want to get involved.” As leaders, we are given the privilege, for now, to place people in positions of leadership. Whether we like it or not, we are involved. The silent pulpit is not God’s pulpit.

As stated in a recent article: What kind of nation do we live in where a newly elected congresswoman can tweet “Impeach the (explicit)!” about our president? Freedom of speech comes with moral responsibility, not moral degradation. Although many disagreed with Mr. Obama’s policies, most held his position in high regard. This type of behavior from a member of Congress should never be allowed, yet it illustrates the direction we are heading. People will say or do anything to push their agenda—lying, manipulating, and manufacturing fake news is the new strategy for many.

We are not voting for parties or people but for principles. What direction will those running for office take us? is the question we all should be asking. Our leader is to protect, administer justice, defend the nation, and allow religious freedom. The church is to care for the people, guard the Word of God, and serve as the conscience of the nation. You may want to commit this paragraph to memory before 2020.

Granted, activists should not expect everyone to share their passion for politics, and those who believe Christians should stay out of politics must understand that God clearly calls some Christians to make a difference in Washington. God established the concept of government, why would He not desire godly leadership? Most pastors who want to avoid “politics” really just want to avoid stepping on toes, but we are called to be watchmen not cowards. Wake up before it’s too late!

Again, why would God ordain a government such as ours in America and not ask us to be involved? Although my primary calling is preaching, I thank God for Christians who are involved and who influence America’s political climate. I wish that there were more. As the moral and cultural war rages between our shores, the need to be awakened from our spiritual slumber has never been greater. “Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is tested” (Martin Luther). This battle is for the very soul of our nation. It’s our choice—stand or fall.

I’ve mentioned these points before, but we need to revisit them. These are comments that I’ve heard recently that prevent involvement from younger leaders:

1. The Moral Majority (1980s) forever linked the church to the Republican Party.We vote for principles, not a particular party. We need to be principle driven rather than party driven. “He who rules over men must be just” (2 Samuel 23:3). We need more humble, God-fearing leaders. Humility does not mean that leaders become passive pawns, but that they live in total surrender to God; they’re more concerned with God’s opinion than opinion polls.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Shane Idleman