I’m old enough to have remembered when Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Obama have been inaugurated into the office of the President of the United States. This was the first time, in my 20.5 years of being a parent, that I had our children watch a Presidential Inauguration. Regardless of how some of my Christian friends feel about Barack Obama winning for a second term, God calls us to love others as ourselves and to pray for government leaders. A prayerful heart doesn’t insult a person’s personal relationship with God.
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Mark Driscoll boasts himself to be a teacher of the Bible, but lacks the spirit of God’s gentleness when disagreeing with the President’s religious beliefs. He has assumed himself to be God’s spokesperson when it comes to judging President Obama’s soul.
“Praying for our president, who today will place his hands on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know,”~Mark Driscoll source
Driscoll’s assumption of President Obama’s ‘lack of belief in the Bible’ is a dangerous position to take. He’s making false accusation against a man who does claim to believe in God. The last I checked with scripture, we are called to a higher standard of kindness and hospitality. We can disagree with a person’s beliefs, but lets make sure to disagree with stated beliefs rather than assumed beliefs (or lack thereof). In addition to that, let us ‘rebuke one another in love’.
Perhaps President Obama does not believe the same things about the Bible as Mark Driscoll does, but that doesn’t mean a Mars Hill of beans when we meditate on Jesus’ admonition to ‘love others as yourselves’. No one has the corner market on what the Bible means. We have over 35,000 denominations of Christianity and if the Bible were really ‘clear’ on everything then we’d have one school of thought instead of 35,000. Mark Driscoll has no idea what the depths of President Obama’s beliefs about the Bible are and he has no idea what level of soul intimacy the President has with God. The very act of one small prayer shows a mustard seed of faith, which is all that’s needed to ‘move a mountain.’
In addition to this outlandish tweet, we have John Piper making his insults known in the Twitterverse as well.
“President Obama ‘spiritually blind’ or ‘evil hypocrite’ in claiming MLK and disregarding the weakest,” ~John Piper source
I wonder if John Piper reads the Old Testament.
1 Samuel 15:2-3 1And Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD. 2Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. 3Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destructiona all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” ESV
Deuteronomy 20:16, “However, you must not spare anyone’s life in the cities of these nations that the LORD your God is giving you as your property.” God’s Word Translation
Numbers 31: 15Moses said to them, “Have you let all the women live? 16Behold, these, on Balaam’s advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the LORD. 17Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.” ESV
But as is the case of some denominations, people like Piper seem to think it’s okay to kill women and children, ‘if God says so’.
Deep inside my heart, I have a hard time believing the commands “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt kill all the women and children” at the same time.
Then we have scriptures that say, “Judge not lest ye be judged” and “whatever measure you judge will be judged against you”.
I also keep remembering how Jesus said the governments of the land are ordained by God and that we should obey them. I wonder if people like Mark Driscoll and John Piper ever consider these passages before insulting the God ordained office of the President of the United States.
Do they meditate on the story of King Saul and David? By many Christians’ beliefs, King Saul had lost his way with God, yet David did not dishonor the office of the King. He could have killed Saul with the sword, but he didn’t. Yet, these pastors who claim to teach the Bible are verbally and spiritually slaying their God ordained President on Twitter with their hypocritical tongues of fire.
Is it possible they have no more fear of the Lord?
Have they missed the scriptures “judgment begins in the House of God”?
I wonder if they forget that God judges the heart and man judges the outward man.
People like Driscoll and Piper appear to be making a living on the condemnation of others, but God calls us to preach the Gospel of grace to free the captives. If those men think President Obama is lost or in bondage then condemnation is not the message to be tweeting.
The message is freedom from bondage by God’s grace through the power of Jesus. The President is freed and included in the Good News of the Gospel.
“If anyone comes and preaches a different Gospel, let him be accursed.”
I don’t attempt to judge Driscoll and Piper’s relationships with God. Perhaps they just haven’t had an in depth revelation of God’s inclusive love and the finality of the cross. I admit that I need to work on being patient with men like these, but I can’t stand by and agree to disagree when it comes to faith in Christ. This isn’t about them as people, it’s about the message they preach.
I preach the Gospel.
1 Corinthians 15:22, “As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
God has reconciled mankind to himself through Christ. It is finished!
Romans 5:8 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” NLT
2 Corinthians 5:18 “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;” ESV
The rest is just discipleship.
Be patient with one another. It’s what love does.
An Organic Minister of the Gospel of Inclusion, serving the Universal Church and ministering to InterFaith communities. Lisa is married with four children and has served in a variety of ministry circles for 20 years.
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