I was reading through some Sermon Illustrations when I came across one called the Pulpit needs to thunder. It read as follows.
The editor of the Louisiana Baptist paper rightly cries, “The pulpit has to thunder … if the church does not raise questions of morality, no other institution will.” Therein lies our problem: Far too many preachers no longer thunder about anything! The pulpit was once the moral conscience of our nation. Remember, preacher, if you do not teach your people that gambling is wrong, it will come back to haunt you when those who have squandered their money no longer have tithes and offerings for your church! We, too, can reap what we sow. It’s a terrible thing when a man of God loses his thunder!
When the person wrote this they used gambling as a prime example. But there are so many other plagues that churches have to deal with other than money and gambling. The pulpit needs to thunder not only against the Gambling, but strictly against the world. It needs to swing the sword of the Gospel as a man crazed for God. A lot of times pastors move away from preaching hard messages afraid to lose the congregation due to conviction or being uncomfortable. Pastors are the shepherds where we go our flock should go (not always the case). Some instead lead their flocks down soft love filled messages, saying Jesus loves you. Or we scare people into heaven by screaming at them about fire and brimstone. When instead we should be preaching both. Bring the Gospel Thunder. A God that is just and loving. A God who proclaims his law into this world and leaves no one with excuse. The very God who died on a cross to carry our sins, while our just punishment was poured on him, and Gods love was poured on us. The question is are we bringing the thunder, or are we simply letting our flock eat some grass at church then fill up on the world the rest of the week.