I would first of all like to remind my readers that in our society, we no longer desire people’s heads when unpopular ideas are given.
And since I have refreshed your minds on this important fact, I present what may be controversial and uncomfortable to some of my readers.
I’m sitting in my chair, stirred, grieved, and shaken by what I’ve just read in my current read: Searching For God Knows What, by Donald Miller. I know he’s controversial, and I can’t support everything he says, and I think he should be read alongside A.W.Tozer or somebody in his league, but he makes three staggering points in this book, and for those, I can recommend the book. I may do a more thorough book review later, but what I’m squirming under today is his serving up of morality wars.
He talks about his radio interview with a conservative host, where he is asked to comment on the homosexuals taking over America. After some initial confusion about what the host was talking about, here’s his response.
“Here’s my position: As a Christian, I believe Jesus wants us to reach out to those who are lost, and yes, immoral-immoral just like you and I are immoral; and declaring war against them and stirring up your listeners to the point of anger, and giving them the feeling that their country, their families, and their lifestyles are being threatened is only hurting what Jesus is trying to do. This isn’t rocket science. If you declare war on somebody, you have to either handcuff or kill them. That’s the only way to win. But if you want them to be forgiven by Christ, if you want them to live eternally with Jesus, than you have to love them. The choice is yours and my suspicion is you will be held responsible by God, a Judge who will know your motives. So go ahead and declare war in the name of a conservative agenda. That’s what militant Muslims are doing in the Middle East, and we don’t want that here.”
I again want to remind you that about that head thing.
I guess I got weary and frustrated by the conservatives who are waging morality wars in our culture, stoking peoples emotions, working people up, trying to show their right-ness. And who are doing nothing about some of the problems they are warring over. For example: Planned Parenthood and those videos.
It’s so easy to sit back and sign the Defund Planned Parenthood Petitions and feel self-righteous and angry in a Godly-kind of way. But what if those of us who are grieved and heartbroken about these precious little lives would get involved in our communities and do the very think that PP is doing in a very sick and depraved way, offer help and support to ladies who think they have no other option? What if we would get out there with compassion and help the homeless and the lady struggling with another unwanted pregnancy? And better yet, what if the Community of Christ Followers would reach out to those committing these heinous acts of murdering babies, and share the message of Good News and Redemption? Which would be the most effective? After all, what did Jesus do? Set up scroll petitions for Defunding the Debauched Tax Collectors? Work His followers all up about how unfair and wicked they were? Sitting down and eating with them with redemption in mind shouldn’t have even been in an option by our standards today.
Miller also talks about the “us versus” them mentality, overflowing in war rhetoric. He suggests that this war rhetoric is not the methodology that came out of Jesus’ mouth nor that of His followers. And he finally quotes: “If we are preaching a morality battle without Christ, and using war rhetoric to communicate a battle mentality, we are fighting on Satan’s side. This battle we are in is a battle against the principalities of darkness, not against people who are different from us. In war you shoot the enemy, not the hostage.”
We misunderstand the hostage for the enemy in many situations today. And sometimes the line is blurred between the two. I’m not here to judge between them. All I’m saying is pity, and desire for reconciliation with their Maker should be greater than anger in most situations.
I’m not undermining the fact that sin is sin. I know that. Jesus knew that. But yet his approach to sinners was so vastly different than what I see today. His desire was relationships and in these He would insert Truth, and people would have to make a decision. Some chose Him, others chose themselves, but they all had the privilege of knowing Him, and eating at His table,and sharing His life.
Is that asking too much of us?
Vicki, hanging onto her head