Thursday, May 10, 2012
Since BBPBHO announced he's up/down with gay marriages, the thanatos libidoed polarization of America has accelerated.
Yeah, what a hope and change bridge-builder kinda guy.
The responses have been fast and frantic.
Cynical: "It's a calculated political decision to divert attention from how he continues to mismanage America's economy and foreign policy."
Prophetic: 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Before my abbreviated/nauseated take on what's going, uh, up/down in BBPBHO's, uh, noodle, two quickies.
I'm gonna catch it from the left and right but not Libertarians for saying this; but I don't think God loses much sleep over two chicks makin' out or two guys, uh, geez, uh, whoa, wow...
I've never been into the gay thing myself - though I've been hit on by a few my-gender-clergy while attending denominational meetings and finishing up graduate work long ago - but I thought about trying to heal lesbians when I was in college.
That didn't work; and while I've been caring for gays in a Christian kinda way for nearly four decades - invitationally, compassionately, and unconditionally with a welcoming spirit devoid of judgmentalism, homophobia, or anything other than just trying/praying to love like Jesus, I've never felt big enough to say something like this about the issue, "I know that's what God says in the Bible; but I think..."
I've been as arrogant, condescending, and egotistical as anyone can be; but I've never said I know more than Biblical revelation or that something I/you/we/they think somehow has some kinda parallel authority to what He's revealed.
So while I've never made it a litmus test or obsessive-compulsive part of my daily/monthly/yearly/decadely routine as an undershepherd, I've always cringed when somebody says it's fine with God when there's nothing in anything that He's revealed to us to confirm such claims.
I've never been, uh, hard on gays.
I just think there's more important stuff out there to tackle like mainline denominations that keep making up stuff only coincidental to Biblical Christianity and people in pews/pulpits who hate each other for Christ's sake and...
I'm with Paul: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
I'm with Jesus: 'If you want to be forgiven, you better be forgiving."
More from Jesus: "If you want some grace, you better give some."
Or something like that/Him.
Ted (RIP) put it this way when some jackass on his session/board wanted to crucify a gay or something in his church: "What's that I see in your eye?"
Jesus stopped 'em dead in their deadly intentions by challenging, "Let the person without sin be the first to cast a stone."
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Jesus wanted us to be holy to/for Him.
Buuuuuuut - Hello! Hello! Hello! - the biggest reason why He came was to save us from how we're never gonna stop insulting His holiness.
Which brings me back to President Millstone.
I've always liked him; and wish he'd invite me over for a Corona or something.
I hear he throws really lavish let's-say-we-identify-with-the-poor-more-than-the-other-guys-while-living-like-the-rich-and-famous parties.
I know he hasn't a clue on how to run a country. You can't lead America like a rap group on the South Side of Chicago.
But, geez, gotta admit it, I've always liked him.
I have no problems with extending agape to anyone because I gotta be that way if I'm gonna talk/walk like I love Jesus.
My problem is BBPBHO is now advocating something in total defiance of what God has revealed about it.
He is openly, arrogantly, condescendingly, politically, and in every pejorative way imaginable insulting the holiness of God.
There's a big difference between advocating what ticks off God and extending agape.
He doesn't get the difference.
I hope he doesn't get the difference; 'cause if he does, then it's a lot worse than...
Help us, Jesus!
When someone gets really, really, really mad at a pastor, they address her/him with a profound message: "Mr. ____...Miss _____....Mrs._____"
You know what I mean.
They drop the title that ain't deserved anyhow.
Well, BBPBHO ain't my P anymore.
It/he just doesn't work for me anymore; and I, sure as heaven, ain't...
When he starts/returns/tries to respect God, then...
I can't support him if he openly, arrogantly, condescendingly, politically, and in every pejorative way imaginable insults the holiness of God as revealed in Holy Scripture.
I'm gonna catch everything but heaven for trying/praying to be honest to God about this.
So be it.
"I'd rather be a doorkeeper..."
Blessings and Love!