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Feeding the Brimstone

by baldilocks

The church I reg­u­larly attend is multi-​racial, but I didn’t choose it because of that. I chose it because of other churches and other pas­tors. I chose it because of sit­u­a­tions like the following.

From Lloyd Mar­cus:

My brother Jerry is a dea­con in his all-​black church. Jerry called to tell me he con­fronted his pas­tor, telling him it is unchris­t­ian to include a hate­ful rant against Trump in every ser­mon. His pas­tor firmly believes Trump is a rabid racist. I asked Jerry, “What was your pastor’s response?”

Jerry said his pas­tor gave him the same blank stare he always receives from fel­low blacks when he states com­mon­sense views that are con­trary to Demo­c­rat lies believed by that most blacks. Con­de­scend­ingly, Jerry’s pas­tor said he under­stood his con­cerns. Mean­while, his attacks on Trump from the pul­pit con­tinue. Jerry said every guest speaker at his church includes trash­ing Trump in their sermon.

I want to be clear about this: it isn’t the bash­ing of Repub­li­cans or of Trump in par­tic­u­lar that both­ers me. It’s that is being done from the pul­pit as a part of the ser­mon. A pastor’s job is to tend to the sheep: to lead them in their walk with and toward Christ. Any other pur­pose is lead­ing the flock astray.

In fact, the church belongs to Christ, not to indi­vid­ual pastors/​reverends/​priests, etc.; it is entrusted to these indi­vid­u­als, but it’s not theirs. When these lead­ers stoke and pro­voke anger as opposed to faith and prayer about any per­son or any topic, they have become wolves in pastor’s clothing.

But we all know that, for many of these peo­ple, it’s about get­ting butts in the seats. And most peo­ple are com­fort­able with hav­ing their anger and vic­tim­hood nourished.

Mean­while, who is exhort­ing these peo­ple to seek the King­dom of God and His righteousness?

The Bible says that we will all give account for our words and actions, but pas­tors, etc. have a spe­cial stan­dard to meet. I don’t even want to think about what’s in store for these mis­lead­ers of God’s church if they don’t do a 180.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

The church I regularly attend is multi-racial, but I didn’t choose it because of that. I chose it because of other churches and other pastors. I chose it because of situations like the following.

From Lloyd Marcus:

My brother Jerry is a deacon in his all-black church. Jerry called to tell me he confronted his pastor, telling him it is unchristian to include a hateful rant against Trump in every sermon. His pastor firmly believes Trump is a rabid racist. I asked Jerry, “What was your pastor’s response?”

Jerry said his pastor gave him the same blank stare he always receives from fellow blacks when he states commonsense views that are contrary to Democrat lies believed by that most blacks. Condescendingly, Jerry’s pastor said he understood his concerns. Meanwhile, his attacks on Trump from the pulpit continue. Jerry said every guest speaker at his church includes trashing Trump in their sermon.

I want to be clear about this: it isn’t the bashing of Republicans or of Trump in particular that bothers me. It’s that is being done from the pulpit as a part of the sermon. A pastor’s job is to tend to the sheep: to lead them in their walk with and toward Christ. Any other purpose is leading the flock astray.

In fact, the church belongs to Christ, not to individual pastors/reverends/priests, etc.; it is entrusted to these individuals, but it’s not theirs. When these leaders stoke and provoke anger as opposed to faith and prayer about any person or any topic, they have become wolves in pastor’s clothing.

But we all know that, for many of these people, it’s about getting butts in the seats. And most people are comfortable with having their anger and victimhood nourished.

Meanwhile, who is exhorting these people to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?

The Bible says that we will all give account for our words and actions, but pastors, etc. have a special standard to meet. I don’t even want to think about what’s in store for these misleaders of God’s church if they don’t do a 180.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!