Dear Pastor Whoever….
The intent of this letter is to help you see what you might not see. Our fallen humanity being what it is, we often do not detect what is within sight. What should exude a response, be it something beautiful or something horrible, doesn’t. Pedestrians hurrying to their wherever fail to notice the overhead spectacular sunset our Father provided. The homeless sitting on cold concrete outside the grocery store no longer conjures pity.
Tyranny is like that. What should be appalling is tolerated, barely noticed. Relative few cried “abuse” during the slavery years, and those who did were considered fringe. Jews worldwide suffered for no other reason than being Jews, and few gentiles dared denounce this injustice and absurdity. So…. what am I leading up to…. ?
Within evangelicalism there is stark tyranny as insidious as racism, as cruel as abortion, as damaging as pornography, as damning as false gospels. This tyranny unfolds within the congregation’s sight during each and every sunday service.
I am not only referencing that dreadful, destructive evangelical tithe that ensures the damnation of millions (billions?) of people of every colour and language, that evangelical tithe proven a sure and lucrative money-gathering scheme that finds a comparative with the“scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites” who, Jesus said, “devour[ed] widows’ houses”, that evangelical tithe invented by evangelicals to salary evangelicals and evangelical housing. But I also speak of the subtle, very subtle, religious entrapment that slowly but surely hijacks the enviable passion for Jesus enjoyed by the new convert.
Because of your incessant visibility you increase and Jesus decreases with every sunday service. The un-shared pulpit makes you bigger than you are. The Holy Spirit is less and less relied on as the group adapts your team mentality. Conversation revolves more around you than Lord Jesus. New convert is fast sinking into the dull and limited christianity that has long ago seized others. This is tyranny.