Yesterday afternoon, Dennis (my associate pastor for those of you outside the congregation) let me know he couldn’t preach this weekend after all.
So I’m up at the plate this weekend as we continue our Lenten sermon series on idolatry, Counterfeit Gods. And what absolute, crap, spit-ball of a topic do I get?
The idol of…
Politics and Political Partisanship.
At least, you know, church people aren’t known to get their panties in a bunch over preachers mentioning politics.
The text for this weekend is the question put to Jesus about taxes. They crucify him right after he answers.
Let’s hope I fare better but I suppose if I’m faithful to the text, I shouldn’t expect to get treated any better than Jesus.
Here’s a video with some bona fide Jesus truth from Tim Keller on how our poisonous partisan culture is a faith issue and how CIVILITY IS A CHRISTIAN VIRTUE.
If you think being right on an issue is more important than how you speak to or about someone who disagrees with you, then you’re wrong.
At least as it concerns your faith.
And which is the more important? Your faith or your issue?
Don’t believe me, check out Jesus’ brother:
The tongue is placed among Christians as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.
10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters.
This ought not to be so.
– Book of James, chapter 3
Scroll ahead to 4:40 for the bit on Civility and Politics: