Dutch Sheets shares the now infamous Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s quote on the choice to be silent in the face of evil, is evil, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote ignoring evil, is to become an accomplice to it. This is a preface to a powerful challenge to the American church to find its voice and stand.
In light of this decision’s magnitude, and since the pastor himself referred to his church that day as “a praying church,” I kept waiting for someone to lead in a prayer for wisdom and guidance from Holy Spirit to POTUS Trump, enabling him to make the right decision. If not a 15-30 minute time of corporate prayer (perhaps this imminent decision was more important than the sermon that day!) then at least 5 or 10 minutes of prayer. No? Then how about a one or two sentence prayer while praying over the offering or sermon. When no prayer was offered, I held out hope that at the close of the service they would at least encourage people to pray about this decision on their own. As you have probably guessed by now, it was never mentioned. I was stunned, grieved and angered. Tragically, this is the norm, not the exception. The Church in America today may be the most culturally disengaged Church in our nation’s history.