Saturday, September 22, 2018
Fools for Christ. . .
What is even more quaint is how these liberated idealists insist that their view of Christianity is the true one and that the faith has been hijacked by conservatives, paranoid types, and those unhappy folk who want to inflict their unhappiness on us all. Never mind what Scripture says, it cannot and does not mean condemnation for sex outside of marriage. Never mind what Scripture says, it cannot and does not mean abortion is wrong and a woman does not have a right to flush the child who lives in her womb. Never mind what Scripture says, marriage cannot possible be monogamous nor can divorce be wrong and everyone gets to define their own sense of partnership and call it marriage and family as they will. Never mind what Scripture says about sin, it cannot and does not mean that you are really guilty of anything except denial of self, desire, and want.
What is so very strange is how it has come to be normal for political folks to stand apart from their church and take the so-called high road of conscience to preserve invented rights and then insist that any true blue believer would and must do exactly the same thing! What is so very stranger is how the general public sees this rebellious folks as heroic and morally pure when the positions they espouse break every moral teaching of Christianity! What is so very stranger is how speaking the true Gospel of love that forgives the sinner his or her sins and leads them to repentance that reflects this self-denial, this cross bearing, and this following of Jesus is now hate speech not to be tolerated in public. What is so very strange is how many of us in the silent majority sitting in the pews have come to accept this as normal -- even routine -- when it is anything but!
Why, it has become downright weird when Churches and their members stand on faith yesterday, today, and tomorrow the same! It has become odd to believe that Scripture means what it says, does what says, and delivers what it promises! It has become strange to find churches where people worship according to ancient form and pattern focused upon Christ and Him crucified and risen! Of course, there never was a time when this was normal and it has always been the scandal of Christianity but there was a day when most of the folks who questioned the faith were outside the Church and not its members and leaders. Surely Paul had it exactly right: We are fools for Christ's sake.