Our Only National Debt Solution, Part 5, Step 2: Talking in Church
Saving America with a solution that must be acted upon within 6 weeks requires something like a news network. News media are able to verify and distribute information within hours of when they receive it. It would be a simple matter for politically aware members of any church, if they were allowed, to meet together to discuss the trustworthiness of news sources, and to make recommendations to the congregation about who to trust, and to agree on particularly urgent breaking news that should be brought to the attention of worshipers at their next service through announcements or bulletin inserts.
Many activists have struggled for the past 59 years to establish such networks. But they are very seldom allowed. Thus Christians are left on their own by their church to scrutinize information sources, which very few know how to do, or care to do, well. Their church leaves them uninformed, and indirectly assured that being informed is not central enough to the mission of “Church” – indeed, not important enough – to even be allowed on church property.
Christians need information and vetting thorough enough to identify and retire baseless conspiracies and media liars, who both deceive members and draw their attention away from solid, substantiated, urgent information. But by pastoral decree the church body must remain uninformed, deceived, and comfortable remaining so. That is, they must keep Light seated in one corner and Darkness in the other, so that Darkness may invade their own lives, not to mention their neighborhoods, workplaces, families, and communities, without fear of exposure – so that they may even vote for Darkness, safe from realizing what they are doing.
As long as churches won’t even listen to their own activists, who can inform them?
In order to proclaim the message of America’s judgment and America’s choice, we need churches willing to share the message of this one solution coming to them from outside their church. How can we expect any church, pastor, or board to give any attention to messages from outside when they won’t even listen to their own members?
If a church is not in the habit of trusting their own activists to inform them about what news is true and urgent, who else in the church will process the warning and call to action we send them? The pastor, already overwhelmed with preparing sermons and visiting people? The secretary who can’t act on anything controversial without the pastor’s approval?
So what we need is the hardest goal of all: complete freedom of speech, even in church, for church members.
This wouldn’t just save America from its debt. It would instantly push back Satan’s assaults on America over the past century back into Hell, and would cause revival to break out in every church that allows it. Well, actually “revival” has become a controversial word, meaning unpleasant things to some people. But see if this description of what would happen sounds like something you would like to see in your church:
1 Corinthians 14:24 and if all [the members of your church] may [build up, correct, and comfort], and any one may come in, an unbeliever or [Biblically] unlearned, he is convicted by all, he is discerned by all, 25 and so the secrets of his heart become manifest, and so having fallen upon his face, he will bow before God, declaring that God really is among you.(YLT)
(This passage is combined with verse 3. Verse 24 uses the word prophesying”, but verse 3 describes the spect of “prophesying”, which is meant in the context of this chapter, as “edification, exhortation, and comfort”.)
Sermons by politically literate pastors are a light without which America could not have survived this long. But it is a flickering match compared with what we need in this late hour. This urgent information needs a wider distribution than an occasional sermon. Most pastors are not political experts anyway. It is hard to preach about something you little understand. Information must be allowed to be presented by the people who understand it, just as a piano must be allowed to be played by a piano player.
And even when the pastor is a political expert, and let’s say his expertise attracts 19 other political activists to his congregation, just him preaching about an issue, and not allowing anyone else to discuss it, would make only 5% of the church brain power on the issue available to the church.
Perhaps the biggest tool of Satan is the rationale for only allowing the pastor to speak: to avoid offense. To avoid controversy. To censor whatever someone might disagree with and not like to hear.
That rules out most of reality. It rules out much mention of sins which infect the congregation so much that half the congregation votes for government to promote them and punish obstruction of them.
It certainly rules out wide ranging group discussion where members are free to share all the things they believe. (Some of those monsters are really weird, so it is thought best to “let sleeping dogs lie.”)
But imagine the benefits of that much Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religious Expression! When sound information is presented, the whole body would benefit! Even when false doctrine is presented, everyone would benefit and no one would be harmed, because in a setting where correction is allowed, the scrutiny of the entire group would be far more likely to spot the subtlest errors and correct them than if the burden is left to one person. All would share in the mind-sharpening experience of discerning error and searching Scripture to learn how to persuasively and lovingly correct it. This experience of reasoning with people even when you disagree would prepare church members to witness to unbelievers. It would even heal marriages and solve child rearing problems by providing members the relationship skills needed to reason with their loved ones even when they disagree.
All this would result from allowing church members the experience of sharing all the things they really believe, in a spirit of willingness to be tested. It would give church members a lot more incentive to study their Bibles, if their ability to respond to friends at the next service required it.
Precisely this much freedom of speech is commanded by God.