I was asked recently how it is that 60% of weekly church attendees support repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (according to a Gallup Poll from last year). The answer is simple: many pastors rarely if ever address the morality of homosexual behavior (or any other current controversial issues) from the pulpit. But we are bombarded by media with a secular worldview on everything from sexuality to the orgin of life.
The Bible has quite a bit to say on these issues and others like abortion, family, and citizenship. A quick glance at a few “sermon starters” on Family Research Council’s website gives you an idea what’s freely available online. But if pastors never take up these topics on Sunday morning, most church attendees will simply conclude the church doesn’t have a position.
The good news is, there are some pastors – like those involved in ADF’s Pulpit Initiative - who have not abandoned the culture wars. Not only do they speak up about what the Bible has to say on issues of the day, they encourage their parishoners to vote for people who share that biblical worldview.
But the failure of most churches to show up for the battle is not just unfortunate, it’s disasterous for religious freedom in America. An article in the Washington Post by Lawrence P. Grayson does a great job of demonstrating how the current societal trend of condoning immorality is on a collision course with religious freedom in America. If pastors don’t teach what the Bible has to say about these issues to their parishoners, their opinions will likely be formed by something other than religious conviction. This is harmful to the health of inviduals, society as a whole, and government. Mr. Grayson aptly quotes John Adams as saying, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
It’s vital that pastors address issues like homosexual behavior, from the pulpit, on Sunday morning. Otherwise folks think the Bible has nothing to say about sexual mores and other important matters we are currently wrestling with as a society.
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