Is This Really the Solution?
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
Ok, I’m not going political on you here. I found this on the Fox News web page today however and it spurred my thinking:
Mitt Romney delivered a commencement speech Saturday at Liberty University in which he focused largely on a message of faith, family, hard work and service, but he also addressed the emerging same-sex marriage issue by saying “marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.” The remark drew a loud applause for the likely GOP presidential candidate who faces a big test in trying to win over tepid evangelical voters. Romney, a Mormon, delivered the speech at the largest Christian college in the world and the heart of conservative Virginia. It followed President Obama’s recent announcement that he personally supports gay marriage. In the keynote speech at the Lynchburg, Va., school, founded by Baptist and TV evangelist Jerry Falwell, Romney appealed to the graduating class — along with their families and others — largely by sticking to the argument that he is the best candidate to improve the economy. Read more: Romney addresses gay marriage issue at Liberty Univ, saying ‘one man and one woman’ [Internet Archive link] [Read the story below the video in the linked news story as the video doesn’t work. Editors.]
Why does this bother me? No, I don’t believe in the current perversions of biblical marriage. Yes, I think we ought to oppose such wickedness. But there is something gnawing at me when I read articles like this that have a conservative political candidate — even if they aren’t a Mormon — being cheered on by a crowd of evangelical Christians. I think the following Scripture identifies what nags at me:
Romans 2:3 Do you suppose, O man–you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself–that you will escape the judgment of God?
1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
How many professing Christians sitting in that crowd, enthusiastically applauding their conservative candidate, opposed to the evils of homosexuality and gay marriage, are in fact wicked themselves? We know from our study of abuse that it is rampant in the church. We know, with increasing anxiety, that many, many power-hungry men are standing in pulpits, lording it over their congregations, refusing to render justice to the weak and innocent, perhaps even being abusers themselves. Judgment must begin at the household of God. God is not deceived. God is not mocked. Profess Jesus all he wants and do all kinds of church “stuff,” a man who practices evil will not escape the judgment of God
I think that the world sees the hypocrisy in Christendom. Electing a conservative candidate to the office of President is not going to solve much of anything. If God is against us, who can be for us?