My latest blog on Houston Belief
I’ve said many times before that I believe that some people who were Christians and left the faith or those who reject Christianity altogether do so not because of any objection to the teachings of Jesus Christ. They object to the actions of Christians themselves.
This is just another example of how one stupid act can make all Christians look bad.
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill in Seattle, Washington has been known for his outlandish statements. Generally he takes to the social media and makes wild statements about what it means to be follower of Christ or how a certain group of people should act.
Normally I just roll my eyes and have a good discussion with other minister friends but this time, he went too far. Now I am not saying that his previous 538 wild statements were somehow deemed “ok” by me, but I think that this one deserves special attention.
Driscoll took to the mighty Twitter on Inauguration Day and tweeted this:
Praying for our president, who today will place his hand on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.
— Mark Driscoll (@PastorMark) January 21, 2013
Really Mark? Really? Please inform the masses in what class at Western Seminary did you learn the complex inter-workings of knowing a person’s faith? Last time I checked you and the President were not sharing a brew on the White House lawn. So then how are you capable to judge someone’s faith and intent? How are you able to say that he does not know God, that he does not believe in the Bible?
BIG WORDS MR. DRISCOLL, BIG WORDS.
Just another reason why people aren’t Christians and yet again it has NOTHING to do with Jesus. If the image of Christianity is one of judgment and self-righteousness, well we might as well close the doors and go home. The idea that Christians have some sort of mystical power that allows them to peer into the soul and heart of others is a stretch. This is not the image of Christianity that I want to be promoted.
Could it possibly be Mark that the President and you might have different understandings of what it means to live out the gospel? Is it possible for the two to co-exist? I am assuming that in your mind they can not. This my friend is saddening. If all of Christianity believed in your version of the gospel, it would be pretty plain and monochromatic. But Christianity is diverse, rich and multi-layered. Sure we can disagree on theological concepts but if the fact remains that we are doing it as a response to the Gospel and the faith that we hold dear I do not see a problem. Sure people can take it to the extreme like Westboro Baptist, but isn’t this tweet just as extreme?
Driscoll’s words fly in the face of what Jesus actually taught in the Bible that he claims he knows but the President does not. The problem with his words not only are they extremely judgmental, but they make all faithful followers of Christ look bad. Not every Christian believes that the President is not a Christian, not every Christian believes in the same understanding of God, Jesus, the Bible, the authority of the Church or even sin. Just becasue you might not have voted for the President or even like his policy choices, the President (whether you want to admit it or not) is created in the same image of God that you and I are. Belittling the President or anyone for that matter is down right wrong.
As Christians in the 21st century we are called to become more than just talking points, cliches and tweets. Christianity at its core is based in relational loving and caring.
One thought on “And You Wonder Why People Aren’t Christians: Part X (Inauguration Edition)”
Evan, This is a really great post! Thanks for putting into meaningful words how ridiculous it is for Christians to insist that their individual beliefs, opinions, and understandings are the only ones that are right! And to “assume” that one can know the relationship another has with Jesus Christ is very presumptuous! You are doing a good job. I enjoy your posts. Keep it up. Renee Steele (Alison’s mom)