In the past, my pastor would say something that was just a little bit too liberal or factually incorrect or incoherent and I would just say “This isn’t the main point of the message” and ignore it. But today he made a number of statements where I knew it was wrong. And usually I would talk to him about it after the sermon. And I take notes of nearly every sermon I hear from people because I actually enjoy how preachers put together their sermons.
But today something different happened. Pastor made the claim that the story of Ruth had some racism in it. Then he made the claim that because the majority of people affected by the coronavirus have been black in Detroit, it was due to RACISM.
IF it was acceptable in Church to stand up and say “Hey now pastor how did you come to that conclusion?” I would.
But this is Zoom.
And the social norms for Church on Zoom haven’t been. Set in stone yet!
So I used the chat to say that it’s because of co factors that black people are affected more. Not because of government or Trump. (He didn’t say Trump but the implication is that Trump is a racist)
It’s because black people and other minorities tend to have worse health outcomes due to cultural factors1. We have more Asthma and COPD. We tend to use food as confront and become obese.
As Adventists, we know how to fix these things.
We know what God desires for us to eat and how to get there.
The Health Message should be preached in our circles.
And even though I’m not a big fan of it, I do know that it’s the right arm of the Gospel! When you heal someone physically, they are MUCH more open to be healed spiritually.
I got texts saying that it was distracting from the sermon. I recognize this.
I also recognize that injecting politics, ESPECIALLY bad politics that reinforces the majority viewpoint in sermons is DISTRACTING.
And what is sad is that I get texts saying “you’re right Spencer” and these people don’t speak up.
It’s like being a Christian or a Republican at work. You are there. Others like you are there. But it’s the Atheists and the Democrats who are “Allowed” to speak their mind freely at work about subjects without any type of backlash. It’s like assumed almost. But most people are too afraid to speak up because they don’t want to be labeled or outed.
But I’m not most people.
And I speak my mind regardless of how much of your feelings it hurts (unless you’re not a Christian and I’m trying to get you to see Jesus in a redemptive manner, then I do care about how you feel)
And I not only speak it, I invite debate. Discussion. Opportunity for anyone to point out how I’m wrong. Because when we openly talk about how we feel and see the world then we can get more data and make better choices. This is a great thing to do at work because then the organization moves quicker and more effectively and is not weighted down by unnecessary baggage, and when you’re working with people and everyone is on the same page, you tend to do better even if everyone is not in agreement.
But if we in the Church are afraid of speaking up, then what are we going to do when the National Sunday Law comes?
When the Churches are Closed?
When the majority takes away rights from then minority?
When they make guns illegal?
When they take your business?
Are we then going to go out and protest? To try to explain to people things when we didn’t develop that muscle earlier when times were good?
Why isn’t the Church doing anything about the hundreds of thousands of people murdered by Planned Parenthood? Who has and will kill many more times than this virus ever did.
A growing majorly of young people are not believing in Free Speech.
Let that not be counted among Seventh-Day Adventists.
Our message of Protest has to live strong among us. We have to be a people who can debate and effectively argue for what we believe in and WHY we believe it. We are PROTESTANTS we should be the Kings of Speaking UP and Speaking OUT! A Protestant is one who protests against the Roman Catholic Church. This means that we are by nature going to be disagreeing with people.
When our boss wants us to work on Sabbath we have to say NO! And we have to be persuasive about it!
Some say that I’m fanatical,
Some say that they don’t like the way I communicate.
Some say that we can’t be offensive.
That if China disagrees then we should comply for the sake of not hurting others feelings.
I’m not going to abuse the chat feature on Zoom but if they turn it off then I’m going to point out that this is what leftist ideology does and we need to root it out of our Churches.
I’m not a go along to get along kind of guy and maybe that is a fault of mine.
But I’m going to stand at the watchtower and point out enemies both foreign and domestic, in Love.
1. Egede L. E. (2006). Race, ethnicity, culture, and disparities in health care. Journal of general internal medicine, 21(6), 667–669. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.0512.x