JESUS THE HATER
Col.4: 5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Matt.22: 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Once again the pulpits of America have provided a sturdy structure for hate. And preachers by the thousands walked away from the true Jesus and embraced a Jesus who hates. Oh this Jesus who hates is orthodox and His systematic theology is impeccable. He has built great modern buildings and He provides wonderful worship music. He has a Biblical morality and he specializes in demonstrating His pro-life and anti-gay credentials. All in all He believes the Bible from cover to cover. In fact, this Jesus who hates believes the Bible is inerrant. Although this Jesus never attended any seminary, most orthodox seminaries have bestowed an honorary doctorate upon Him. The Jesus who hates is uber-orthodox!
A few of the more well known preachers took to the air waves of God’s love and tweeted these messages about President Obama.
"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,” tweeted Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.
“"President Obama 'spiritually blind' or 'evil hypocrite' in claiming MLK and disregarding the weakest,” tweeted John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
Let us never let an opportunity go by that can be used to spew the hatred and disdain we know Jesus loves and appreciates. And we all know that no one can be saved and be pro-choice. That is clear from Scripture. For whosever believeth in Him and is pro-life will not perish…. There it is, clear and convincing evidence that faith in Jesus is not enough. For by grace are ye saved through faith in traditional marriage. Again, convincing evidence that faith is not enough.
But let us assume that God has spoken to us verbally and let us know that Barak Obama is not born again. Ok, armed with that dirty little secret we can now proceed with reckless abandon and eviscerate him and his motives and publicly strip him of any pretences he might try to exhibit. You see, Mitt Romney can deny that Jesus was part of the Triune God and still receive our respectful language and even our public support, but Barak Obama must be verbally chastised. We must not allow him to escape without the open wrath of the Jesus who hates.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have reached a new low in our representation of Jesus. Due to the idol of nationalism and a love for this nation, millions have turned their backs on the true Jesus and have constructed a Jesus who hates. Oh they would insist that this is the Jesus who stands for righteousness, and with that they would suggest that unkind and hateful rhetoric directed at a specific sinner called by name is what Jesus would do. Yes, when Jesus died for that same sinner named Barak Obama He would later direct His followers to “get him!” And with no more effort than pushing a few buttons preachers sent out a message to the world which was loud and clear. Jesus is not fooled by lost sinners. He hates them and will display His anger with words that demean and castigate.
Now I do not profess to know for sure the President’s spiritual standing, but even if I thought he might not be saved regardless of what he claims, I have a different interpretation of the words that come from Jesus. I happen to believe that Jesus loves sinners. I happen to believe that Jesus is not fooled by my sin either. I happen to believe that the gospel is presented in grace. I happen to believe that my words should be gentle and filled with the love of God. I happen to believe that given the chance the Spirit would direct me to eat with President Obama and share Jesus with Him from a genuine heart of concern. Yes, I happen to believe in a different Jesus than the one that seems to roam around the evangelical neighborhood these days. I happen to believe that the same Jesus who gave His life for sinners knows their sin and desires them all to come to a saving knowledge of Him.
What have we done to the church named after Jesus? What kind of Jesus are we perpetrating on the kingdom of darkness? How can we hate our fellow man and profess we know God? Of course we know abortion is murder. Of course we know all about how God feels about traditional marriage. Yes, we know all that only because God’s grace has made us new creations and by God’s Spirit He has graciously led us into truth. So if we stand by grace, and if we only know by grace, how can we use that grace as artillery to wound and publicly humiliate those who supposedly we desire to see saved? To speak words meant to demean and flog and spiritually emasculate someone is openly at odds with the spirit of redemption, to say nothing of the command to pray for our leaders.
But such is the carnal motivation of most of the western evangelical church. It is now a contest between conservatives and liberal; between socialists and capitalists; between gay and straight. Forget about the great Commission and a place once called Golgotha, now is the time to leverage voting blocks. You cannot serve two masters. There is a vicious disconnect here that must be exposed. And once exposed it will present a choice between what we want and what He said. You cannot serve politics and Christ. You cannot love America and love Christ. Oh yes. That is the valley of decision which openly exposes the great compromise and idolatry running rampant throughout evangelicalism. You see, Rob Bell and Brian McLaren and Joel Osteen are not the only heretics among us. Men like Driscoll and Piper are spreading the destructive heresy of nationalism which may be more subtle than the usual doctrinal suspects but which still is a damnable heresy.
This issue of nationalism is diabolical and continues to deconstruct the faith once delivered to the saints. Perhaps the most powerful element of this deception is that is accepted and even embraced within churches which consider themselves “orthodox”. And because of this evil the love of God has become a joke; the ministry of reconciliation is a fraud; the grace of our Lord Jesus is ignored; and the gospel is now a banner of moral superiority. We were shocked when the children of Israel made a golden calf and worshiped it. I mean who could be so ignorant and idolatrous? But we have far outdistanced them.
We who have the Word of God, and we who have the Spirit, and we who know about Calvary, we have hardened our hearts, stiffened our necks, and bowed before an idol and pledged our allegiance to it. And the repercussions of such spiritual treachery become more and more clear with each opportunity to manifest that idolatry. It is far worse than we can imagine. In fact, such displays of the heart openly reveal another faith and another Jesus. Of what good is it to erect written statements of faith that commit to the deity of Christ and His redemptive sacrifice, but live and speak and think and display a completely different Jesus than is revealed in His own narrative? It makes our statements of faith just another self serving idol.
Paul endured all things for the gospel’s sake. We are commanded to love our enemies and to respond to evil with good. This moral crusade is an antichrist spirit and it emanates from a love for an earthly nation that many suggest is compatible with a love for Christ but which is in reality a denial of Him. They fashioned gold into a calf while we fashion a nation into Christ. The word "humility" should be wiped out of all ecclesiastical dictionaries and be rejected as truth. If we do not believe it let us be honest enough to quit pretending.
And if we are not going to strive to emulate the life and teachings of Jesus let us quit this mockery and flood the bars and whore houses. I have more respect for men who openly frequent the company of prostitutes than I do for men who claim to follow Jesus and spew words of self righteous hatred. Barney Frank openly states his sin, while preachers sin openly and say it comes from Jesus. This kind of witch hunt will only get worse as Jesus tarries.
The gospel is now built upon two main themes: abortion and homosexuality. Throw in a little capitalism and democracy and you have it all. But in this climate of moral hubris and “pin the tail on the sinner” one thing is for sure. If people do not call you a compromiser and a condoner of sin, then you are not showing enough of the love of God to sinners. Men and women left family and homes and some even gave their lives for the gospel's sake and to see sinners presented with Christ. But sinners today should not expect the same treatment.
I refuse to castigate President Obama or Barney Frank or the abortion doctor down the street. But I cannot claim any spirituality unless I am willing to give my life for them. My Redeemer and Master did, and I claim to follow in His footsteps. To be honest, I am not there yet, and in that I am undone. But one thing I do know, that if God is love and if Jesus is God, then the Jesus that hates sinners is a fraud.