Let me preface this commentary by saying I consider myself to be an evangelical Christian.
I’ve been in this world of evangelical Christianity for more than 30 years.
I would also like to say that I believe only faithful Christians and Jews have a chance to save America from its precipitous decline – and I mean spiritually, culturally and economically.
But, having said all that, I must tell you America’s evangelical community is, what we called in the old days of Mao Zedong-style Communism, a “paper tiger.”
It’s spiritually confused and divided. It’s been seduced by the world. It’s biblically illiterate.
It’s like 2 Timothy 3:5 describes: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”
It is not serving as salt and light in American culture and politics.
It is not, as in the days leading up to and through the War of Independence, fighting for liberty – not even religious liberty.
Maybe the evangelical community has sold out for a 501(c)3 tax exemption like the official state-approved churches in China have sold out for safety and security.
How else can one explain a powerful voting bloc like this permitting Barack Hussein Obama to win re-election in 2012? How else can one explain the low voter turnout – and even registration numbers – among evangelicals? How does one explain the growing phenomenon with evangelicalism that doesn’t even understand its spiritual connection with the nation of Israel and the Jewish faith? How does one explain evangelicals’ unwillingness even to fight for religious freedom? And, lastly, how does one explain the heartlessness of the body of evangelicals in turning its back on the massive persecution and ethnic cleansing of Christians throughout the world, particularly in Islamic countries?
I know there are many evangelicals who share my passion for truth, justice and liberty and are as puzzled as I am about the stunning silence of the corporate church and the pastors who lead it.
Do they not see the connection between serving God and serving mankind?
Do they think their job is serving God and government’s job is serving mankind?
Have their seminaries done such an awful job that the leadership of the church is as pathetic and uninspired as the political leadership of the country?
Are they just plain afraid to speak out?
Or do they not understand the precarious position of America in 2013?
Not only are we in jeopardy of losing our liberty, but we are losing it because we are under God’s judgment.
Can someone name one prominent evangelical leader who has spoken up boldly and fearlessly in opposition?
Sodom and Gomorrah could have been saved if there were 10 righteous men left in those cities. Because, as God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, He is willing to heal our land if only the people who are called by His name turn from their sin, humble themselves, pray and seek His face.
Could it be the evangelical community in the U.S. is not following that simple prescription?
I guess the most astonishing thing about the impotence of the evangelical community is why it is still so feared and vilified by the world.
Why is it ridiculed and derided? Why is it demeaned by the media and the political class? Why should anyone be afraid of evangelicals – even God’s enemies?
I hate to generalize, but let’s face it: Not to be disrespectful, but this is a group that is too heavenly bound to do any earthly good.