Ministers’ Dereliction of Duty
In my ministerial training, I learned that ministers need to side with the truth. It baffles me, then, when my minister friends on any side of the political issue promote and defend lies promulgated by the group that they support!
Also, in the same level of training, I learned that ministers should refrain from slandering a group or some people simply because they do not agree with them. If their issue is evil, it should be exposed, but other than that, to attack a group or a person’s moral character because of politics.
If a minister practices promotion of lies because of his political stance, and support politicians who promote lies; and, if a minister slanders a group of people because of his political views, both these factors are justifiable grounds for the people under the spiritual leadership of this minister to leave his leadership and find another, because such a person has no MORAL fortitude or grounds to minister God’s Word. These ministers are derelict from their ministerial duties!
Examples of lies and slander defended by ministers often are:
- The publication of graphics about an issue that are obviously “rigged” to a certain side but are not a representation of the truth. There are a lot of gun control graphics out there that say more for what they hide than for that which they claim to represent… And also about everything else the political community defends. Hiding the true is a form of lie, thus a lie!
- The simple promotion of politicians who lie about important facts in the country, such as the issue in Benghazi; the Fast and Furious, abortion, poverty, government control, etc.
- The slandering of successful people, whereas taking advantage of the benefits they offer, such as jobs, for example. Politicians who use words like “evil rich, big oil, and evil racist” and related epithets when referring to commonly good people and businesses are promoting an atmosphere of division, using slander seeking to divide an already divided society.
So, whether it be me, or anyone else, if you are under any minister who promotes, directly or indirectly both things mentioned above, and not mentioned, but obviously contrary to Christian spirit, such as the demonization of gay persons (rather than dealing with the issue), demonization of gun owners (rather than dealing with criminals), demonization of heterosexuals (rather than understanding that they are just part of hundred years of human history), and other types of demonization so common today in the political speech, my advice to you is leave that church! Abandon that pastor!
It is the role of the minister to minister! Ministers should point to error not condone it and repeat its arguments or support its “disseminators”; Ministers should deal with sin and leave the sinner for God to deal, and not demonize people; Ministers should help people with problems of poverty, hunger, shelter and acceptance and not vilify those who, the majority of times, sacrificed many years of their lives while suffering the same ordeals, so they would not perpetuate these problems, depending solely upon God to bless the labor of their hands.
My call to my dear friends who are pastors: I know that a few of you do not believe Paul wrote the Epistle to Timothy, but, there is an advice there that perhaps you may consider to be wise: Before describing many issues of the current time and future, Paul says to Timothy, “…but you preach the word… endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof or your ministry..” 2 Tim 4:1-5. When the time comes when people will not to endure sound doctrine, instead of condoning and often preaching the doctrine of secularists, pagans, worldly philosophies and opinions of men, follow the wise words, which I do believe, were written by Paul; you cannot go wrong practicing them!