Thursday, April 9, 2015

Judge Not Who Throws the 2nd Cake

Perhaps in your lifetime you've come across a person clinging tightly to liberal sensibilities. I mean liberal in the theological sense more than political. Someone can be a Republican but a liberal theologian. These folk have a few guaranteed sayings and verses they always appeal to when challenged on certain issues. And by always I mean in excess of 99%. Like if you go to the comments section of an article or talk to such a person face to face, you'll hear at least a few of the statements I'm about to strongly criticize. 

I've said a few of them in my lifetime (to my shame) and I know Christians who have said some so I can't say these statements are made exclusively by non-Christians, but the safe bet is that people who love God and love His word are not going to be the ones saying these things. This post will be sardonic and quite acerbic in its tone because these statements are so egregiously misguided that they are deserving of elucidated mockery. Prayerfully, if you are someone who utters these asinine statements on a regular basis you will be deeply offended and shamed into future silence or challenged to the point where you have to choose between consciously convincing yourself to believe something that is a lie or accepting correction.  

In no particular order

1. Judge not

I know you've heard this one. Maybe you've seen the brilliant meme? If not, here it is:

I agree of course that the Bible says not to judge people, but it's instructions on how to rightly judge. 

Matthew 7
Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Key words: your standard of measure. Meaning that if you create some absurd standard, you'll be judged by that standard. Let's use an example or 4:
  1. I tell someone that they're judgmental and that's wrong, but in doing so I had to judge their actions to be wrong. 
  2. I tell someone that the death penalty is immoral and wrong, but I support abortion. 
  3. I tell someone they should stop driving a truck because it's damaging the environment, but I fly around in private jets all the time. 
  4. I tell someone it's wrong to not do business with someone just because you have a different worldview, but I actively boycott companies and entire states that see things differently than I do. 

You see the incongruity, right? 
Look at verse 5. Verse 5 is instructions on how to better judge something. In fact it suggests something very anti-American...that some sin is worse than others! The log in your eye to remove the speck from my eye. We need to clear the obstruction from our own eye to better remove the speck in another's! That makes sense, right? So if I'm guilty of murder, I'm in no place to judge someone who owes $4 in taxes. I need to first repent of my huge, glaring sin and then I need to help you with yours. 

And even just practically how can you go a day without judging? If you see a crazy man on the street wielding a gun and screaming, are you going to keep getting closer to him? Or do you judge him to be crazy and a potential threat and turn around? What if someone comes up to you and says: "Man, I'm going to rob a bank. I love money and I just want to steal so I don't have to work"? Would you judge that person and try to persuade him to not rob the bank? Because to take "judge not" to its logical conclusion you'd be wrong to prevent a man from robbing a bank because you'd have to judge him in order to persuade him. 

2. Cast the first stone

This is along the time line of thinking. The passage is of course very dramatic. It's taken from John 8:

He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
It says SIN NO MORE!!!! Jesus doesn't tell the adulterous woman to continue on in her sin. Jesus doesn't enable the sin. He doesn't say that adultery is not a sin. He doesn't do anything of the sort. He doesn't stone her but He does command her to STOP SINNING! Why do the liberals always leave that part out? People are already condemned (in Adam all men died). If Jesus was just blase about sin and didn't care, then why did He HAVE to die a terrible death so that we could be forgiven? Jesus is holy and thus He hates sin!

3. Jesus hung out with hookers and convicts (or some variation)

Certainly Jesus interacted with sinners. Jesus' only choice was to interact with sinners because all have sinned. Jesus came to do the Father's will and die for sinners. But did He "hang out" with them? In some sense yes but in another no. Matthew was a tax collector turned disciple. And it's interesting that most anti-wealth Christian liberals would look at Jesus hanging out with tax collectors as a good thing since they'd have been very wealthy and guilty of scamming the poor (the very thing liberals accuse conservative Christians of doing and conservative Christians are the exact people they say Jesus would avoid). I don't think they understand what they're saying but anyways... 

Jesus did interact with the prostitute I mentioned earlier. He interacted with the woman at the well who was an adulteress. He interacted with a lot of sinful people. Every time He talked to a human being He interacted with a sinful person. Here's the thing though, He confronted these people on their need of a savior and pressed them to give up idols in their lives. For the prostitute it was her profession. For the rich young ruler it was his wealth. For Matthew it was his profession. For Zacchaeus it was his profession. For Nicodemus it was his position as a religious leader. He comes to them and gives them a prerogative. He's not just partying with drunks and helping tax collectors scam more people. He's meeting them where they are and commanding change. I don't think that qualifies as "hanging out." 
Was Jesus at frat parties doing keg stands?

He would have been associated with the lower ranks of society for sure. In Acts 4 we see the Sanhedrin stunned that uneducated* men like Peter and John were saying and doing such powerful things. So yes we, as Christians, need to not be afraid of interacting with sinners but we also aren't allowed to love the world because that is enmity with God and bad company corrupts good character. We aren't sanctified to hide from the world but we also aren't sanctified by becoming more like the world. It's a balancing act. 

4. Jesus would bake 2 cakes

Matthew 5
41 Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two
So the liberal Christian then says that Jesus would bake two gay wedding cakes for a gay couple. Really??? You can't immediately see the untenable precedent this establishes? So if someone asks me to kill one of my parents, I should kill them both? If someone asks me to slap an old lady across the face, I should slap her twice? Don't you see how crazy that is? Do you really think that's the principle being established in that passage?

Or is the actual principle about the surrendering of personal rights? And not surrendering them to the point of sinning or offending God but just the willingness to abandon dignity to show love. So your neighbor who hates you has his house burn down, right? You go out of your way to show that man love. You open up your house to that man. That's what's going on in that passage. The coworker who stabbed you in the back loses a parent? You don't laugh at her but instead you mourn with her. That's what's going on. Or to take this to its most extreme you would forgive the people nailing you to a cross as they were nailing you to a cross. That's going the extra mile. 

5. Jesus was against the Old Testament

No commentary here just some verses:
Matthew 5
17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
John 1
 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 
Okay maybe a little commentary. Notice that the seminal verse used to articulate Jesus' feelings on the Old Testament is from the exact same portion of Scripture (the Sermon on the Mount) as several of the other texts! Is that not crazy? All these people have to do to understand Jesus' sentiments toward God's law is to simply read from the beginning of chapter 5 - they very chapter they were already in!!! 

6. Jesus was all about peace and tolerance

Matthew 10
32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.34 Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
In one single passage that idiotic and naive thought is thoroughly debunked. Jesus preaches the exclusivity of Himself as savior and that calling on Him as Lord and Savior can and often times will cause peace to cease. 

There are countless other trending narratives to debunk. There's the absurd and heretical meme and bumper sticker comparing Obama with Jesus. I've even seen people say Jesus was pro-choice. Here's the idea most any of these things insinuates:
Jesus disagreed with God on a lot of things.

Is that not shocking? But that's what these people have to believe to say that Jesus was for gay marriage, for abortion, for rewarding laziness, against the death penalty, tolerant of other religions and tolerant of sin. Jesus and God are one! They're the same! You can't say Jesus believed X and God believed Y! That's blasphemous! That's changing who Jesus is! You're creating an idol of your own choosing. Your making Jesus who you want Him to be instead of who the Bible says He was and is and will be!

Jesus can't disagree with God because He was God incarnate and He never changes. He can't disagree with the Bible because God inspired the Bible and worked through the Holy Spirit to move men to write it to point us to Christ. I wish I could keep up with debunking these evil lies but I can't. There's too many out there.

The next time you come across one just remember to furiously compare it to Scripture. The Bible is the authority and people will always use it to twist Jesus into a creature of their own liking. 

*They were "uneducated" in the sense of a lack of formal training but they had the greatest teacher ever in Jesus so they weren't truly uneducated

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