jesus fish

January 27, 2013

The J-Word Part 2

Filed under: New Testament, Popular Culture — Karen @ 11:35 pm

Just because you didn’t get what you want doesn’t mean that you are “persecuted”. It means you can’t have everything. Robert Cargill

I was outraged when I heard that Louie Giglio had withdrawn his acceptance to deliver the benediction at the Presidential inauguration after protest from pro-homosexual groups. In his letter to the White House, Giglio stated that “Neither I, nor our team, feel it best serves the core message and goals we are seeking to accomplish to be in a fight on an issue not of our choosing, thus I respectfully withdraw my acceptance of the President’s invitation.”

Is another evangelical going to back down from participation in the public arena? Did anti-Christian bigots succeed in silencing even an apolitical pastor like Giglio? Should we get used to the idea that we are second class citizens in this “Christian nation” in which we live?

Yes. Yes. And yes.

It’s time to come to terms with the reality that we are living in a post-Christian society in the United States. Church going people are so comfortable with a superficially religious political culture that we become outraged at trivial slights. (Every December I hear a rant about those who use the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” – really?? That’s ALL that you have to complain about?) We choke on the gnats of our own personal civil liberties and disrespect of traditional religious rituals but swallow the camels of materialism and hedonistic pleasure. (Matthew 23:24)

If the name of Jesus Christ disappears from public events like our Presidential inauguration or from civic gatherings at all levels of society, would it be such a tragedy? Overblown religiosity has not stopped the decline of modern American culture or saved us from the foolishness of pleasure-seeking idol worship.

They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. 2 Timothy 3:5

In backing down to political activists, Giglio is following the path of the One who said “my kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Pastor Giglio is willing to give up his First Amendment rights in order to fulfill his first Call.

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