Pastor Shane Idleman is known for telling it like it is, and he’s sick of our “politically correct culture” telling him to quiet down. In a recent sermon posted on YouTube, Idleman explains why he is deeply concerned about the state of American society, and argues that the re-introduction of God into the fabric of our society is the only way we will see true cultural transformation.
“Let me get this straight: you can have your gun protests, you can lie in the media, you can teach evolution to our kids, you can flaunt sexual sin and gay marriage, you can teach pre-school kids about transgenderism, you can support murdering a child in the womb but I need to keep my mouth shut?” he asked. “I don’t think so!”
If we were wise, Idleman declared, we would turn to the Bible for time-tested wisdom on the hot topics of today.
“God’s word has something to say about murdering children, God’s word has something to say about the sanctity of life, about ‘he created them male and female that they be joined together,'” the fiery pastor said.
“Why silence the voice of truth?”
“When the gospel changed my heart I got concerned for these issues,” he continued. “We’re talking about important moral issues that will have huge ramifications. Look at how much it has cost us 50 years. Did you know they used to pray in schools? They would read Bibles. They might even say the pledge! And I’m so sick of the politically correct culture that can’t offend anyone except believers.”
Shane poses what he deems to be a much more important question: have we offended God? Now, he says it is time to boldly stand up for the truth of God, even if it costs you.
“You can’t be bold and truthful, and soft and quiet,” he argued. “I’ve tried and it doesn’t work. Sometimes you’ve gotta stir the hornet’s nest. The pulpit sets the tone for the nation, not Fox News and CNN.”
Many of the people and groups who hold power in this country “want to silence the pulpit,” Idleman explained.
Now, he declared, it is time to repent and believe the gospel. Only then will we begin to see true and lasting change in our nation.
“We must stop mocking God and flaunting our sin,” he said. “If you truly want freedom, you must repent.”
To make his point that God is being squeezed out of our society, Idleman recited the requirements of Yale College in 1701: “All scholars shall be religious, Godly and blameless. According to rules of God’s word, they should diligently read the holy scriptures.”
“They mock this now,” Idleman argued. “They are doing everything they can to get rid of His word.”
Idelman exhorted Christians to openly acknowledge their God in the public sphere, without fear of organizations who are seeking to embed atheistic worldviews into the very foundations of our society.
“We can openly acknowledge God in all areas of government because our government was built on His word, His precepts and His principles,” Idleman explained. “We must acknowledge Him as the source of our nation’s strength.”
“Look at how far we’ve drifted. I’m praying for revival,” he shared. “We can openly acknowledge the sovereign hand of God.”
Too often, he said, we have “catered to political correctness.”
Pastor Idleman then addressed the popular view that the separation of Church and State is implied in the Constitution, explaining why he believes it is a fundamentally flawed interpretation.
“Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Baptists saying ‘don’t worry, it is not going to become a national denomination. There will be a wall of separation between Church and State so that they can work and function separately,'” Idleman explained.
“Then the court takes that phrase and says ‘now that means, Church, you can’t be involved in anything.'”
“That’s not what it meant,” he said. “The people who started the nation would roll over in their graves. The whole reason for coming and founding the nation was to elevate God’s word — it was to be a city upon a hill.”
You can check out the rest of Pastor Shane Idleman’s sermons here.