I imagine part of the problem is the whole 501c3 status acting as a sort of self-inflicted muzzle on free speech from the pulpit, which discourages much-needed discussion on ALL areas of life -- that and the cranks in the congregations who will flip out at the slightest hint of something political being discussed in the church. The colonial preachers sure didn't act like today's preachers!
That's not to say there isn't a danger in expanding the scope of the church's discussion, if it pushes the actual gospel to the back burner. But that's already being done with fights over whether or not to rip out the old pipe organ and bring in a drumset, or gossip-driven egotistical power struggles over who gets to control things.
There are genuinely good Gospel-preaching churches out there, but they're becoming harder to find.
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