As I scanned my usual Internet news sites, I ran across a compelling article on World Net Daily dot com, titled, “Christians, listen to your rabbi!”  The article laments the fact that “we the people” have lost control of our own country.  Columnist Dave Welch observes,

“By so yielding, we have become illustrations of Proverbs 25:26: “Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”

If we accept the premise that in our constitutional republic the government is a reflection of the people who participate, we should stop complaining about Obama and take a long, hard look in the mirror. More specifically, we should take a long, hard look at our pulpits and at our men.”

He offers a quote, “We have a weak nation because we have weak churches; we have weak churches because we have weak homes; we have weak homes because we have weak fathers.”

Then he adds,

“I would add weak pulpits to that list because the point is that weakness flows from the bottom up, and so must national spiritual, moral, cultural and political redemption. While we certainly must fight the radical socialism being force-fed us by President Obama and the Reid/Pelosi squad in Congress, if we do not look at the failure of the church to influence the hearts and minds of people with biblical truths, we will fail – again.”

As one who stands in the pulpit to proclaim the Word of God every Sunday, I am keenly aware of my solemn duty to “rightly divide the Word of truth.”  However, I am also painfully aware that not every pastor shares my passion for remaining true to Scripture.  I attended a Baptist Church with some family some time back and was appalled at the lack Scriptural integrity of the day’s sermon.  It isn’t popular or comfortable to proclaim the unvarnished truth of the Bible, but it’s necessar “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  I am listening to Dr. Al Mohler’s radio program as I write this, and he is decrying the departure from the necessity of blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins that many liberal Christians are teaching.  It only underscores the point I am trying to make.

Welch’s article also states,

“Most importantly, we must disciple men to be godly followers of Christ, husbands and fathers and to – and I would shout this in text if I could! – begin taking responsibility for raising, training and discipling our own families. We must stop letting schools, children’s church, the youth group and Hollywood do what God has charged fathers the duty and joy of doing.”

He concludes,

“We should stop apologizing for believing that Jesus Christ came to redeem God’s creation because of His eternal, immeasurable love for us and for it – and put that transforming love to work in our homes, churches, all the way to Washington D.C. – and beyond.”

There is so much at stake here.  When the preachers of this country shirk on our responsibility to proclaim the whole counsel of God, it makes for weak followers of Christ, who capitulate to the pressures of society, and we eventually end up with a weak, powerless, bloodless faith — and that kind of faith is no faith at all.

Please do me, and every other preacher out there, a favor.  Hold us to the standard of Scripture, literally, earnestly, and honestly.  Ultimately, the one who benefits will be yourself and your loved ones.