Viewers who hear plenty of right-wing religious voices on cable TV might be surprised to know that the biggest problem facing America in the minds of many Religious Right leaders is that conservative preachers aren’t being sufficiently political or aggressive.
That gripe is a major theme at Religious Right gatherings, and is repeated in a new Charisma article by radio host Michael Brown, who makes a “fresh call to revolution” among America’s pastors in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions:
How is it that nine non-elected officials in black robes can have such sweeping authority in our society? It is because the black-robed regiment that once stirred the hearts of the nation has lost its moral authority, leaving a gaping hole in the soul of the nation.
Remember, he says,
“What the world calls fanaticism and much of the church calls extremism, God calls normal.” Brown also cites Francis Schaeffer’s Christian Manifesto, which complains that Christian leaders do not emphasize “the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the whole spectrum of life” – including government.
After reading the quotes above I wanted to read the entire article posted at Charisma. And while Brown writes a lot about Christians becoming revolutionaries, “like Jesus”, he writes not one word about what that meant in Jesus’ time spent here on earth OR what it meant to the disciples after Jesus’ departure, OR what it means, as Christians, to be revolutionary today. In other words you’ll not find the Gospel mentioned one time.
When Jesus taught,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – (Matthew 5)
THAT was revolutionary.
Sorry Charisma and Michael Brown, you like so many of your type of Christians in America today, have missed the boat. Your idea of becoming a revolutionary involves nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus, his message, or the Kingdom of God. I feel sorry for you.