Guest written by Sew for Christ.
Disclaimer: this is part of a series of commentary on Mario Murillo's book 'Do Not Leave Quietly'. I do not own this work. This is not a reprinting of the material in the book, merely my commentary on the concepts presented. To read the book, you can buy it from bookstores or online from Amazon.
Chapter 8 is titled, "Five things that silence will do to your ministry." In this chapter, Mario Murillo speaks to ministers who'd rather separate politics from their ministry. They do this out of a supposed desire to separate the natural from the spiritual, but the ramifications of ungodly politics is now direct evil, especially against the church. The church has stayed out of politics, and now politics is coming back to attack the church. They don't see the church as understanding and not willing to reach out beyond their flock. Instead, they see the church as passive, docile, and ripe for conquest.
What ramifications does this have for the churches? Mario Murillo explains the results of not involving the flock with the political environment. Church attendees need to be informed about the biblical perspective on political events, not the worldly perspective found elsewhere. By not instructing the flock concerning these things, the pastors are being bad shepherds.
The concepts of shepherds leading a flock is used multiple times in the Bible. Pastors are called to be shepherds over their church body. Shepherds care deeply about their sheep, not just as a form of income in wool or meat, but as living beings requiring care. Shepherds protect sheep by defending against any attackers to the flock, or warning the flock of incoming attackers. Think of David fighting against lions to protect his flock. If a shepherd cannot keep their sheep from harm, they lose their position. The owner of the flock will find a better shepherd to providence guidance and protection to the flock.
Such is the same in the kingdom of God. Pastors who do not protect and alert their flock to threats are subjecting the flock to harm. A pastor should care for their flock by attending to their needs, especially concerning modern viewpoints. Mario Murillo describes pastors who allow the mixture of contemporary anti-biblical viewpoints and church members. Pastors do nothing against this, worried about the backlash they could undergo.
As with the theme of the book, do not keep silent! As shepherds, pastors have a calling to protect their flock from all evil. In these end days, the oppression against the church, individual rights and freedoms, and independent thinkers is surely evil.