Rick Warren, Gene Robinson, Barack Obama and the false presence of the Kingdom of God...
When I say to the wicked, "O wicked man, you will surely die," and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. (Ezekiel 33:8)
(Tim, w/thanks to Michael) According to the Washington Post, Pastor Rick Warren issued a statement praising President-elect Barack Obama for his selection of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to call down God's blessing on our nation and new president during the Inaugural weekend. Robinson, a man infamous internationally due to his promotion of sodomy in the Name of Jesus Christ, is, according to Warren, a good choice because it is one more indication that Senator Obama has a "genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground." Warren concludes concerning Senator Obama's selection of Robinson, "I applaud his desire to be the president of every citizen."
It sounds good. I could almost hear myself saying the same. But then you stop to think about it and you realize this is one more step in the silencing of the witness of the Church of Jesus Christ. Such statements are precisely the thing warned against...
by Jaque Ellul in his excellent False Presence of the Kingdom. When the church works with the state, the state always wins. The church's witness and allegiance are corrupted.
So Warren agrees to call down God's blessing on a nation of bloodshed, whose infants are slaughtered by decree of our highest court and have died at the rate of a million and a quarter to a million and a half per year for thirty-five years, now--well over 50,000,000 in all.
And the occasion of Warren's invocation of God's blessing is the elevation to our nation's highest office of a man whose commitment to that slaughter is as personal (extending to his own grandchildren) and as radical (extending past birth, to newborn babies) as any man who has ever held office in Washington D.C.
But beyond his own prayers and blessings, Pastor Warren speaks--what, politically? pastorally?--in praise of the prayer of blessing in God's Name that will be uttered by another purported Christian pastor whose services were sought precisely because of his commitment to the rabid promotion of one of the most perverse forms of sexual immorality known to man.
Pastor Warren says this is a good thing for America.
So here are the boxcars: in the Name of Jesus Christ, Emergelicals shill and vote for a promoter of abortion and infanticide to be our nation's president; a third of the professors of Covenant College say this evil man is a true Christian; Saddleback Community Church invites this evil man into their house of worship several times during his campaign; this evil man then asks Saddleback's pastor to come to Washington and call down the blessing of Jesus Christ at the inaugural moment of his bloody administration; some get upset that the man calling down the blessing of Jesus Christ on this evil man's inauguration has opposed sodomite marriage; the man of bloodshed responds to this complaint by finding another minister of the Gospel to call down God's blessing on his bloody administration, choosing this time a man who is only known, publicly, because of his promotion of "gross immorality" and "strange flesh" (Jude 7) in the Name of Jesus Christ; Saddleback's pastor issues a public statement commending the prayers and blessings of this false prophet; and there you have it.
Abortion doesn't matter. Not really.
Sodomy doesn't matter either.
Civility in the midst of diversity is the whole enchilada. Except, of course, in our private moments as faith communities. Then we're free once again to say words like 'murder' and 'perversion' and 'eternal fire' and 'greed' and 'adultery' and 'repent' and 'Molech' and 'Sodom' and 'brimstone' and 'Hell' and 'no' and 'sin' and 'repent.'
Count on it: If a minister of the Gospel can call down God's blessing on a man whose definitive trait in public policy is the promotion of child-slaughter; and if our PCA college professors can declare this man of bloodshed to be a true Christian; and if it can be a good thing for the man of bloodshed to invite a self-affirming sodomite who uses Christ's church and Name to promote sexual perversion to call down God's blessing on the inauguration of his administration; then good is evil, wrong is right, lies are truth, and man is God.
Brothers and sisters, these things are nothing but run-of-the-mill complicity in the bloodshed warned against all through Scripture--the murder of tormented sinners dying of AIDS and helpless infants slaughtered by their own fathers and mothers.
Tremble with me before our Holy God Who Himself has said He will hold the watchman personally responsible for the blood of the wicked he has refused to warn--wicked men such as Pastor Warren is commending and soon, before the watching world, will bless.