SILENCE IN THE FACE OF EVIL AND BIBLE-LITE PREACHING
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was a German pastor who was imprisoned and hanged during World War II for speaking out against the evils of the Nazi government. He wrote: “Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.” Biblical Christianity, and our nation in general, is now under an unprecedented barrage of unmitigated, blatant, and supernaturally driven evil; evil acted out by the atheistic left, secularist-humanists and out and out pagans now in almost total control of our government at every level.
Bold, rampant evil in America is now being faced by a deadening silence on the part of pastors and others in Christian leadership who have convinced their congregations that “silence in the face of evil” somehow represents the better part of Christian virtue and wisdom. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
This is not to suggest that preachers should immediately “go all political” or take to the streets with their congregations, etc. But it is to suggest that probably most fundamental, conservative, evangelical preachers today are far too silent in the face of, and therefore complicit with, the evil that now has “come in like a flood” (Isa. 59:19) and is now rapidly inundating our country
Breaking the “Silence in the face of evil” begins and continues to take place in pulpits with the preaching of the Word of God. This means that people in pulpits and pews need to recognize that there is no preaching of the Word of God where there is little or no Word of God in the so-called preaching.
Old Testament Prophets and New Testament preachers publicly confronted the sins of the political, governmental powers of their day. Jesus said that the greatest power we have with which to face evil is Truth (John 8:32). This is an indictment against the Bible-lite preaching that predominates in many if not most pulpits today; “preaching” that won’t touch a politically or socially controversial issue with a proverbial ten-foot pole.
Albert Mohler wrote,” One of the Hallmarks of our time is that we face a crisis of preaching. Indeed, it would be an exercise in self-delusion if we tried to pretend that nothing is wrong with the preaching that happens in most evangelical churches.” I don’t always agree with this brother, but I sure agree with him about this. (Please share this if you can).