Church, we need to talk…

We need to have a talk. This is gonna be a difficult conversation for a lot of you. It’s going to challenge you to see past indoctrination. It’s going to challenge you to see past what a lot of you are fed week in and week out. This is being sent out to the Evangelicals.
I grew up in the church. I grew up learning we were to listen to Pastors from the pulpit as they were the conduits and voices of God. I was taught that prophets were the voice of the Holy Spirit and that we were to listen to them and what they say because it will come to pass.
 
It is now January 20, 2021 and Joe Biden is President of the United States and Kamala Harris is the Vice President.
For the last four years, we have been inundated by Pastor after Pastor, “Prophet” after prophet telling us that God told them that Trump was going to be a two term president. Pastor after Pastor telling us that God will intercede and give Trump the presidency. Examples:
 
Mark Taylor (The “Prophet” they made a movie about called The Trump Prophecy)
 
Paula White’s Sound of victory
 
You see where I’m going with all of these.
 
These Pastors and “prophets” have gone and done a false prophecy. And a lot of them, especially Hank Kunneman, are getting angry that their false prophecies are being called out. Let’s look a little deeper at this though. The “Church” has set itself up as this beacon of ultimate truth. “Truth in Politics”. I’m not condemning ALL churches. Not by a longshot. But they hang their hats on the hook of anti abortion, anti homosexuality, anti socialism, or any other hot button item that they can that will tug at the heartstrings of their flocks. I made a post the other day mentioning how these pastors, back in the 70s-90s (my point of reference as that is the era I grew up in), railed against the “leaders” they’ve become today. Zealots that fell for a despicable man that wore a cloak of christianity. They rallied their flock to his defense even during his most reprehensible moments. He makes talks about grabbing a woman by the pussy (Yes I put it unedited… he said it, you supported him, you can deal with it here) and he was excused with “We never said we elected a saint”. He has cheated on multiple wives for the next one in line and he is given a pass. He is a known associate of Jefferey Epstein and yet President Biden is the one labeled a pedophile (even though he has never been to one of his parties). The list of excuses given go on and on.
 
What I’m getting at is… at what point do you, as Evangelicals and the “religious right” begin to hold the Pastors accountable after you failed to hold your president accountable? The excuses, the rhetoric, the vilifying hate and to the core bigotry that oozed from that man was not justifiable. And he is gone. But those pastors are not. Those pastors still sit behind the pulpit, filling your heads with their next prophecy… NOW calling for unity when they once stood side by side with Trump followers that regularly yelled “Fuck your feelings” when there was an outcry about an injustice. You give them a pass because they’re “God’s chosen” when the bible… the book that you allegedly follow as the unequivocal word of god states Matthew 7:14-16: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”
It actually talks a LOT about false prophets:
 
Matthew 24:23-25 – Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.
 
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 – For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
 
Jeremiah 23:16 – Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.
Again, you see where I’m going with this. I’m not saying Christianity is bad. Quite the contrary. What I AM saying is that if the Church is going to be a force for good… going to show the world that they are there to take care of it’s flock and whom they call “The lost”…
 
Act like it.
 
Churches getting involved in politics? Pay taxes. Jesus said render unto Caesar what is his. As of 2018, a study from the University of Tampa calculated that we would get an additional $83.5 BILLION if religious institutions paid Taxes. (Source: https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/why-churches-dont-pay-taxes)
83.5 Billion can do the following:
 
* House the US Houseless for 6.5 years (based on rough figures of the nations houseless and the average cost across the country. They did the math: https://www.quora.com/How-much…/answer/Ian-Williams-93)
 
* End Global World Hunger in less than half the time (it would take $330 Billion over the next 10 years: https://www.fastcompany.com/…/it-would-cost-just-330…
 
Don’t want to pay taxes? Don’t try to influence from the pulpit because you now have radicalized mini zealots that endanger the lives of others because they refused to align themselves with a man that was more concerned about ratings and how he was viewed than the actual people he was supposed to lead.
 
Real change and unity comes from the heart. You have to be willing to change your hearts to see past yourself and realize that your neighbors, family and friends are hurting. They are hungry. They need help sans judgement. They need help regardless who the church tells you to vote for. Trump or Pence. Biden or Harris. It doesn’t matter who is in office. They need to be held accountable given that they hold the highest offices in the country.
Lastly. I’m not telling you to abandon your faith. I’m not even asking you to leave your church. I’m simply asking that you look at these idols that you have placed on a pedestal as these high clerics of righteousness through a critical lens. Hear the words they say and absolutely question their rhetoric especially if it goes against that “good book” you proudly thump when you’re condemning someone or predicting things that do not come to pass.
 
We constantly talk about Social Media being dangerous because it’s easy to believe anything… Unfortunately we, as a society, have been believing anything long before Social Media came along.
From the Pastor to the President. Hold them accountable.
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