The time has come . . . to preach
Most of the time in ministry, it's not difficult for a preacher to choose a text and topic; it can be done simply by following the lectionary or by coming up with a provocative theme for a sermon series.
But In difficult times, particularly in the midst of a divisive political campaign and a worldwide pandemic, how and what to preach can be a deeply troubling question for the typical Christian pulpiteer. To comfort? To judge? To give hope? All or none of the above?
The truth is too: when the Gospel is fully preached, many parishioners are not ready to hear it; and the preacher's dilemma is worsened, which is very likely the case for many pastors who are currently active.
This election year 2020 I have found to be the most troubling of my 61 year career. Why? Two words: Donald Trump.
To many observers, myself included, Donald Trump is a man severely limited by deep-seeded psychological disorders. He is a total narcissist and a compulsive liar who has most likely committed many illegalities in his lifetime And personally, I am 100 % convinced that Christians must evict him and his family from the White House on November 3rd. Our nation cannot survive another four years with him there.
If what I say offends you, I 'm sorry you feel that way; but I'd be a coward not to declare the pervasive evil I see the president to be. He threatens not just individuals, but our very democracy.
I do not have all the answers obviously. But I do know what I believe: I believe in a Gospel that values truth telling, competency and decency toward all human beings. I see none of these values as being even remotely alive and well in Donald Trump.
Therefore, never will I support him and what he represents.
September 9, 2020