- - Tuesday, June 7, 2016

David Brody, a reporter for CBN, wrote recently about Hundreds of Pastors Seeking Political Offices. In the story, Brody tells the story of a friend of ours who did just that.

Move over Donald Trump. It’s time to set another place at the table for a different kind of political outsider: your friendly neighborhood pastor.

For example, it’s easy to become complacent in Southern California, with its great weather, great beaches and laid back atmosphere. But with a culture quickly spiraling out of control, one pastor here is saying enough is enough.

Calvary Chapel’s Rob McCoy took the plunge by running for City Council in Thousand Oaks, California.

“I’m in exile in my own state and my own nation and this is a directive that God gave me, praying for the peace of the city locally,” McCoy explained.

McCoy joins more than 200 pastors who jumped into politics this year alone.  A couple hundred others plan to join the ranks next year. They’re popping up all over the country from local school boards to Congress.

Tucked into the story, McCoy uses one of his favorite metaphors, drawn from a little-known Old Testament Bible story about a man named Shammah.

Don’t remember him? He’s mentioned in just a couple of verses from the book of 2 Samuel. During a time when the Philistines threatened the Israelites causing many of them to flee, one Israelite stood his ground—in the midst of his beans!—and turned back the enemy. 

“And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the LORD worked a great victory.” (2 Samuel 23:11-12)

McCoy uses the story of Shammah as inspiration for two things. First, the obvious inspiration comes from the man’s courage to stand his ground in the face of the enemy. But the second point of inspiration is that Shammah wasn’t attempting to defend the entire nation. Or his entire tribe. Or his entire city. 

Instead, Shammah had a patch of lentils—”beans”—and he decided that this was where God would have him stand his ground. 

McCoy calls this “Bean Patch politics”:

…What also may bubble up is an army of Christians moving from the pews to join their leader. Hundreds of volunteers from Pastor McCoy’s church helped him almost win a state Assembly seat. 

He believes the time for sitting on the sidelines is over.  He points his congregation to the biblical story of Shammah whose job was to defend a small lentil bean patch against the Philistines.

“You can change the city council. You can change the school board. You can make a difference right where you are. You can affect your schools; you can affect your sports teams. You have the ability to affect your Kiwanis, your rotary. Change your bean patch. Quit whining,” McCoy challenged.

McCoy says the ultimate goal is to rebuild the foundation of America along the lines of Psalm 11:3.

“The answer to the question that the Psalmist asked that if ‘the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?” is very simple: rebuild the foundation,” he said.

It appears pastors are ready to lead the effort one brick at a time.
“I’m 51 years old,” McCoy said. “I’ve been ministering for over 20 years. I’ve never done anything harder in my life than run for office. It’s tough, but you gotta do it.”


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