BARBER: Onward, Christian soldiers

Preachers mustn’t shy away from pulpit politics

Once the political tectonic plates shift, there is bipartisan agreement that we can expect an earthshaking groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action to rival - if not surpass - the 2010 Tea Party effect.

Along with their ideological Tea Party cousins - many of whom are one and the same - tens of millions of potential Bible-believing voters are being encouraged - to the extent they need encouragement - to vote their values in 2012. The catalyst? President Obama’s discredited secular-socialist push to “fundamentally transform America.”

This burgeoning Christian movement has not gone unnoticed by the left. For instance, in a piece headlined: “Evangelical pastors heed a political calling for 2012,” the Los Angeles Times recently reported, “Formerly apolitical preachers in states like Iowa, backed by astute organizers and big donors, are mobilizing congregations for the election.”

“Religious leaders have long been active in political causes,” the newspaper notes. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used his Baptist pulpit to agitate for civil rights, and fiery televangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell awakened the religious right in the 1970s and 1980s with calls to fight what they saw as America’s moral decay.

“But the current awakening is different,” the piece continues. “It springs from the grass roots - small and independent churches - and is fueled by emails and YouTube videos. And it is driven less by personality than by the biblical teaching to be the ‘salt’ and ‘light’ of society - in other words, to have a beneficial influence on the world.”

Indeed, the Moral Majority, led by Falwell and other venerable Christian leaders, was central to placing Ronald Reagan in the White House in 1980. Remarkably, the movement’s contemporary counterpart promises to play a key role in President Obama’s eviction from that same residence some 32 years later.

At the time, Falwell gave a rousing call to arms: “What is wrong in America today?” he asked. “We preachers - and there are 340,000 of us who pastor churches - we hold the nation in our hand. And I say this to every preacher: We are going to stand accountable before God if we do not stand up and be counted.”

Falwell’s words ring no less true today.

Of course, you can set your watch to the liberal response. Recognizing the threat to their own secular-socialist designs for America posed by a Christian socio-political revival - “progressive” conspirators have broken out the Saul Alinsky-crafted long knives.

They’re painting those who call for a return to moral principle in public policy “dominionist” bogeymen who seek to “take over government” and impose an American, Taliban-like theocracy.

This, of course, is propagandist nonsense— a silly ploy intended to frighten into action both the “progressive” base and fence-sitting Independents.

Still, this much they have right: Christians and constitutionalists alike do intend to win the ongoing war for our culture. We do intend to “take over government” insofar as this means ensuring that true, traditionalist statesmen are elected to office.

You’ve heard it said, “You can’t legislate morality.” Baloney.

That’s exactly what legislation is. The question is: Whose morality are we going to legislate? “Progressive” secular-socialists like President Obama insist it’s their own, postmodern brand of moral relativism.

Christians, in fast-growing numbers, are beginning to say, “Not on our watch.”

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