Thursday, November 10, 2005

Oops! He did it again...

Wow, this is really getting old. Pat Robertson, under the false assumption that God the Father had ceded judgement duties to him instead of Christ proclaimed that people of the town in Pennsylvania who recently voted out school board members in favor of "intelligent design" curriculia could be subject to punishment from God. He also implored them that in the event of such a disaster to call on Charles Darwin instead of God.

I scarcely know where to begin. It has become quite clear to me that Robertson is operating on an Old Testament mentality. Punishing towns or nations, assasinating political leaders, and legislating morality are all hallmarks of the nation of Israel under the convenant of Moses. It did not work nor was it intended to work. The Old Testament was a clear illustration of God's holiness and His justice setting the stage for the grace of Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. Christ made it crystal clear that judgement is currently on hold. His work on the cross was meant to pay the ransom for our sins. We operate under grace and an even higher standard of holiness which can only be achieved through faith in Christ, the grace of Christ, and justification before God out of His love (Ephesians 2, Romans 1-8) Which leads us to the real puzzle here. From what portion of the Bible does Robertson reason this considering the Old Testament system was fulfilled in Christ, and everything we know about God since the death and resurrection of Christ is that we extend grace to those who are our enemies not ill will. If distaster strikes Dover, PA, the Church should be the first ones in and the last ones out rendering help not sitting back laughing as though they "got what was coming to them" Christ said love your enemies, Paul said bless those who persecute you, and if we carry Christ's love how can we say these things? The voting decision of a city in reference to elected officials is not a rejection of God, it is the rejection of their agenda. What Robertson has ultimately failed to grasp is that we have been vested with a mission to make disciples of all nations(Matthew 28) and the best and first way to do that in engage people where they are at in an effort to share the love of Christ and the Gospel that they can be forgiven of their sins, and have fulfillment through Christ. Telling people because they have rejected God, they should continue to turn from God if they find trouble in their life is a complete contradiction of the Gospel. Robertson is wrong, and I can only hope that the Holy Spirit strikes at his heart and convicts him that he may turn from his poltical agenda and invest his efforts, resources, and energy into making disciples as Christ commanded. The best way to move a nation is not to change the laws, it is to change the hearts of the people. One final note, I believe Christians will one day have some honest battles to fight to protect their right to believe certain things and practice our faith the way Christ prescribe it to us. What Robertson is doing is accelerating that timetable and creating greater hostility torwards honest Christians which only makes our lives and our work more difficult.

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