Monday, September 22, 2008

So called "Christians"
Comment by Austinite
September 22nd, 2008 at 5:12 pm
I for one am still undecided on who it is that I will vote for, but I must admit - some of these comments make me lean towards Obama! The fact that you, Father Morris, have supporters who state things like “Anyone who is an Obama backer IS NOT a Christian! ” give me pause. As a Christian, I am offended that there are still so many people out there who state such absolutes - as if they know with unabashed certainty the entirety of a human being’s faith based on that person’s statement of support for one political candidate. Last time I read my Bible, I read passages like “The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 Jo 4:8), and “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).

How can any of us know what God thinks of someone else? Maybe we can turn all of this negativity into real work that will succeed in reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. Then we will be TOGETHER doing God’s will.

The above is a comment off of a Foxnews blog. Unfortunately, this is the attitude of many so called "Christians" these days. Especially revealing is the statement: "As a Christian, I am offended that there are still so many people out there who state such absolutes..." This person actually believes that the ideal of Christianity is that there are no absolutes and no distinctions to be made. Of course they have their token Bible verses about love and judging others; as my Pastor is fond of saying, most scoundrels know those ones. This of course assumes that all of the Bible can be summed up in these two verses along with the idea that we are going to apply whatever meaning we see fit to the word "love."

With the idea that love is only an emotional, fuzzy feeling and tolerance is the highest virtue, how do these "Christians" understand Isaiah 61:8 or Psalm 33:5 or Luke 11:32 et al? God is not the fuzzy, wish granting teddy bear in the sky you think He is; "for the LORD loveth judgment." This implies that God loves justice and He loves making distinctions. These are the distinctions between His people and the reprobate; these are the distinctions between something in line with His word and something not in line with it. These are the distinctions between ideas that are right and ideas that are wrong.

Romans 1 describes perhaps the most basic of all distinctions to be made: between God and His creation. Those who fail to make this distinction will find it ever harder to make other distinctions because God judges those who fail to make that one. The judgment itself will be that they will be unable to make any real distinctions at all. "Professing to be wise, they became fools." The commenter "Austinite" has fallen into this pit.

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At 3:31 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Good points, Swinder. I am not sure it is impossible for a Christian to support Obama, but it is certainly the responsibility of the Christian to judge wisely. In my opinion, Obama is not a wise choice. The problem I have with the absolute "judge not" position is that it is self-contradictory and inherently irrational. To say that judging is wrong is to make a judgment. In fact, it is to say that the only evil is to distinguish good from evil. Given the moral perfection of God, His holiness, such a position is far from Christian. In context, it is clear that our Lord is exhorting us first of all not to damn our enemies to hell and write them off as utterly lost. God is patient with them, even showing them kindness, for his rain falls on the just and unjust akuje. Until God pronounces the final, irrevocable, public condemnation, we must refrain. Also, He is telling us not to be hypocrites. We must remove the plank from our own eye before we can see clearly to remove the speck from our brother's eye. Notice, He does not say it is a wicked thing to seek to remove the speck. He just tells us to do it with clear vision.

Just my two cents.



At 3:33 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Sorry, "akuje" should be "alike". Missed the home keys:)



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