Years ago when I worked in home health, I visited some patients living in deplorable conditions. They would often have me opening closets or getting into drawers to get their medicines or medical supplies. As I’d open the drawer, the light would cause the roaches to scurry back into the dark. Isn’t that just like evil sometimes? You expose it to the light and it goes running, instead of being transformed by the light.
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light,” says Luke 11:33. Well, I stumbled on an interesting post by a fellow follower this weekend that brought this issue to my attention. It turns out that there is a house of worship in Baltimore, and probably some all across the globe, whose “condition” (spiritually speaking) is as equally reprehensible as the homes that I used to visit.
There is a video posted to YouTube about a week ago of a pastor going beyond giving his Presidential pick to his congregation by hurling aspersions and publicly condemning the alleged sins of another candidate. It is appalling and brings shame to the name of Christ. See what you think:
It’s a sad commentary in Christianity when preachers pollute the pulpit with propogandic poppycock; when the precepts of Christ take a back seat to backbiting and political agenda. None of the candidates are perfect, but who among us is? ‘You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’ Luke 6:42
That was my YouTube comment–twice. And it wasn’t well received. In fact, it wasn’t received at all; it was never published. Meanwhile, the video is picking up speed having 70,000 more views this morning than yesterday with a running total of 471 comments, most of which are praising the pastor with an “Amen” encouragement (of course, as any others are obviously being ignored).
Now, I’m a firm believer in free speech so the publisher of the video has every right to censor me, but why would he? Why would he not let my comments be heard in a public forum like YouTube? Well, with the views of this exploit reaching 200,000 and beyond, I refuse to be silenced! This thing has gotten all over me; not the video necessarily as I realize that heresy is rampant, but the fact that the Truth is being hidden.
I have taken it upon myself to make my comment to the pastor, Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant, directly through his ministry website guestbook. If you feel the same way, I’d encourage you to do the same. This is not a political thing or race thing or Palin thing or an Obama thing–this is a Christ thing. I give God all the glory and pray that He would rebuke and humble any of us who dare to defile His holy name.
Note: If unable to watch the video from here, use this hyperlink to watch it from the source.