Hypocrisy Alert - Playing Politics with Sin
Playing Politics with Sin:
When a politician performs the fine-tuned art of obfuscation, we rightly criticize them as "playing politics." Meanwhile, when a Christian pastor does the same thing concerning sin, he's praised as being "gentle," "tolerant" and even "caring."
In today's culture, it appears we want our politicians to speak plainly, but we want our pastors to beat around the bush and not offend.
[Acts 5:29] 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men."
Example Time: [Criticized Politician] "I know I ran on the promise of 'issue A,' but that may not be the best issue to tackle right out of the gate." (Soon the issue is dropped from all campaign materials).
[Acceptable Pastor] (When asked whether or not a sin is actually sin.) "Well, let's just say it's not God's best for you."
I love this paragraph from Doug Wilson over at dougwils.com:
"The word of God preached right is sharper than a two-edged sword, separating the joints and marrow (Heb. 4:12). The word of God mumbled in a way that comports with human flourishing is like swatting the backside of a badly-behaving toddler, although delivering what sounded like a decisive whomp it was on top of his diapers and overalls. That’ll show him."
Church, we must speak the truth in love. If in our "love" we so muddle the truth that it cannot be recognized as such we've accomplished neither love nor truth!
Thanks for reading,