Christian internet news is currently flowing with reports concerning the suspension of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame by the A & E network. He was suspended because he expressed bible based, common sense feelings against homosexual behavior.
Duck Dynasty means nothing to me because I don’t own a TV. My thoughts on the matter is that it’s good to see the professing church speaking out in defense of Constitutionally based free speech. On the other hand, it makes me wonder why we don’t see greater concern over the censorship of free speech occurring within our institutions and corporations.
If the professing church is really this upset over censorship within the entertainment industry, why isn’t she alarmed over the ongoing censorship of free expression in important places like public schools, 501-c3 churches, news media and institutions. This inconsistency makes me wonder if the root cause of the anger is really the loss of free speech. Maybe people are upset because they fear losing the pleasure of watching a favorite Hollywood icon.
Many who say that Jesus is the Christ are deceived and deceiving many today. (Luke 21:8; Matthew 24:5) Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? (Luke 6:39) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18)
Where are the professing Christian politicians and lawyers who are faithful to Constitutional law and working to gain equal tolerance of their professed faith and controversial truth within our schools and places of employment?
This question isn’t referring to globalist friendly and traitorous CFR influenced politicians like Mike Huckabee; men whose words mean nothing because they are all about what’s best for their careers.
What I’m referring to are professing Christian leaders with vision; leaders we can trust because their “yes means yes and no means no”.
We say children are our future; this being the case, where are the Christian leaders who support public education that are teaching their flocks to peaceably demand equal time and tolerance from school boards, district superintendents, school principals and classroom teachers for truth, natural law, and biblical behavior, principals and values? A pastor may say he doesn’t support public education, however, if members of his flock use the system to educate their children, and he is doing nothing to reform the beast, such inaction becomes affirmative action.
The blind can’t lead the blind! Worse than blind guides are blind authoritarian pastors. These lords won’t typically learn from anyone they consider to be below them on God’s organizational chart. They will only take advice from financially influential tares who tickle their ears with worldly wisdom they can use to help grow their organization. (Note: For a biblical look at Pastoral Authority please see Pastoral Authority)
Pastors who lead parents to send their children to public schools have a responsibility to know the influences affecting their children’s minds. They should know the classroom teachers, guidance counselors, and educational curriculum educating their children. They should know the moral climate of the schools.
Public education is a very trendy business. It is characterized by frequent and rapid change. The rate and effect of change in curriculum and teaching pedagogy varies by state and by district within each state. As a result, there is no quick, one size fits all method to gain an accurate understanding of the educational issues affecting a particular locale. A person can’t read an article about education in Virginia and assume that all the same issues will exist outside Virginia. Because of this diversity, pastors need to personally interview board members and district leaders within their locale if they are going to be equipped to watch for the souls of their flock for whom they are accountable. (Hebrews 13:7) If a pastor feels that this type of oversight is not practically feasible; in my opinion, based upon many years of experience in various types of education, the pastor should advise his flock to educate their children at home.
Pastors are responsible to teach parents to protect their children from the antichristian philosophy, values, and beliefs permeating public schools. They have a responsibility to train the parents of saved children attending public school that these children have a responsibility to be holy in school. This holiness means that they are to be faithful to their Lord and his truth in all classroom discussions, performances and conversations. These children of God need to be taught that they can expect to be persecuted for some of their beliefs. They need to know that God expects them to answer all questions truthfully. They should be taught that answering a question correctly from the point of view of a teacher or textbook can be sin if they know that the answer isn’t truthful. They need to be instructed that they have a legal, first amendment, Constitutional right to express their faith and knowledge publically; that God expects them to pray silently throughout their day and to share Christ and his teachings even if they are forbidden to do so.
You might think that this puts children under too much pressure. They are already under a lot of pressure to conform to the world. This is all the more reason why we better expect them to conform their lives to the word of God. Yes, persecution for the sincere and biblically enlightened believer, no matter what their age, is promised. But fear of suffering is no reason to give up the good fight of the faith and surrender to devilish lies when we know the better way of truth. We are commanded to fight the good fight. This is true whether we think we can make a difference or not. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 1 Timothy 6; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Hebrews 10:32-Hebrews 11:40; Revelation 2-3)
God is love. His merciful benevolence expresses cares for all people. (John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-12; Matthew 5:43-48) He desires that his chosen people pray, teach and work to salt and light the world. This is so that all people can have an opportunity to be saved and live their lives in quiet freedom, peace, godliness, and honesty. (1Timothy 2: 1-2)
Let’s pray that the eyes of the hearts of the current crop of blind leaders will be enlightened with godly vision. In addition, let’s ask that God grow a new crop of godly leaders who will help lead the body of Christ out of the Babylonian ditch into which she has fallen.