In a previous article I asked, “Where are the churches”, in reference to a world absent leadership and spiraling toward catastrophes we’ve not yet imagined (though ISIS is working on it).
Now, I’m not a Glenn Beck fan, per se, but during these days when I drive home from work at 9am, I listen. I was not surprised to hear Mr. Beck screaming from the top of his lungs, “WHERE ARE THE CHURCHES?”. (Hey there, I thought to myself, at least I’m not the only one baffled by the epic silence of America’s churches and synagogues).
He took a call from a lady who explained that our churches are afraid of the government, you see, and explained that if pastors tell the truth they could lose their tax-exempt status.
I will tell you that listening to someone lose their mind on the radio can be grating; however when the madman on the radio could barely drown out the ferocity of my own moment of talk radio listening insanity, it’s not so bad. (To anyone driving beside me, I’m sorry).
In a rancorous tone not uncommon to Glenn, he essentially told all the worlds pastors, priests, and rabbis, that if they were staying silent because of their tax exempt status, then they could all go to hell. Children are drinking the blood of their parents on top of a mountain because bloodthirsty barbarians fighting for the black flag of Islamic State wait eagerly below to rape, crucify, and behead them (and not necessarily in that order). So, I suppose, the thought of American Pastors worrying about tax-exempt status seems a little petty, cowardly, and short-sighted. Beck pointed out that Steven, while he was having his head crushed by rocks, probably wasn’t worrying about his tax exempt status. That Jesus, hanging on the cross, probably wasn’t worrying about tax exempt status.
I think Glenn Beck “gets it”. Few people seem capable of seeing what is happening throughout the world with a rational perspective. Glued to the Kardashian’s or honed in on the House Wives, some people just can’t accept that reality is much more difficult than reality TV. Certainly many people are working as hard as they can, because they have troubles of their own, part in thanks to our glorious leader and his regime. Nonetheless, what is happening in the world today is nearly unprecedented. It’ has happened before. We called it The Dark Ages.
Don’t think that could happen? Then you’re not a student of history. The world won’t last another eight years of men like Barack Obama running the world. Men like Barack Obama create men like the Islamist barbarians and their psychotic caliphate. How? When the world is lead by nihilistic and apathetic men, by extreme idealists, by ineffective men, by spineless men, then there is no threat of justice in the world. The unjust rise up and act out their sick fantasies across the globe. Fear rises. Regular people become uncomfortable. Tyrants look for this in the eyes of the mob. When they find it, they cease the moment.
We need strong leaders in the United States and Europe, in India, in the United Kingdom, and everywhere men seek to be free. Without strong leadership, without effective leadership, the disaster that is the modern world happens and it happens quickly. Just look how fast things are spiraling out of control! The 2016 election gets further and further away by the day doesn’t it?
“We must all fear evil men, but there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men”.
This is not an age for tax exempt status or keeping your mega-church congregation happy so as not to upset the pointless surge of tithes into a coffer which offers not a care in the world for the suffering of those burdened by injustice. Now is not an age for quietly standing by or tolerating evil. Now is a time for every rational human being to cry out, “enough!”, and to demand action from their leaders.
And when we don’t get it, we turn to our neighbors and ask, “are you with me?” If our numbers aren’t great enough to warrant the attention of our governors, than by God we must increase our numbers. If your pastors or priests or rabbis seem blind to the chaos and rage rising across the globe, remember, your tithes pay for their lives. Talk to them. Ask them, pastor, or father, what are we doing as a church to stand up against the madness in the middle east? What good is a church of God that does nothing as God’s own are crucified, beheaded, raped, and ravaged by the bombs and machetes of evil men? To raise awareness and to increase our numbers we require every single church, Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, or Erisian, to demand justice.
What is “over there” never stays “over there” for long. If the pastors aren’t speaking out, speak to your pastors. We need the churches.