Some Things Of Which I’m Rather Tired

kinnon —  February 3, 2012 — 14 Comments

I just spent the last hour working on a post called Power, Authority and Control. And I just don’t have the energy to finish it. As you might imagine, it references the recent nonsense from John Piper on Christianity being masculine, more Mark Driscoll than I care to think about and the latest missive from 9Marks on church discipline — as if it’s a line from Hotel California, “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

The post references the upcoming T4G conference where the recently reinstated CJ Mahaney, he of blackmailing-his-church-cofounder-fame, will share the platform with men who will teach young males about the importance of exerting proper control of their sheep. If there was truth in advertising, or a at least Christian advertising, the conference would be called Men Together for the Patriarchal Gospel.

So here are some of the things that I’m tired of:

1) People who deny that they believe that patriarchy is a first-order issue, but then do everything in their power to make it such.

2) The people who insist that they have the answers for the church simply because of the size of their audience. Would they please spend some time in 20th century history. Assuming they are literate, that study should defeat the argument for them.

3) The supposedly Christian publishers who promote anything as long as they think there’s a market for it — I’m getting more convinced every day that I should only read Christian writings from authors who’d been dead for at least 40 years.

4) Celebrity-Driven Conferences that could fill almost every waking moment, if one were so inclined, but in the end have limited to no impact – other than on the bank accounts of attendees.

5) People who want to die on the hill of Scriptural Inerrancy, but really what they believe is truly inerrant is their interpretation of Scripture.

And finally,

6) People who find the Judgment Seat of God to be particularly comfortable for their Gap-covered butts and are busy pontificating from that place — letting us all know whether we are in or we are out.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

14 responses to Some Things Of Which I’m Rather Tired

  1. b.

    #3 is hysterical – i think i just lol’d

    a.

  2. Bring it Canada!
    I am sure I could add to the list but the you would probably have to black out much of the text:)
    So the question is, then, what do you want to give your energy to here, there, wherever?

  3. All I’ve got to say is: Divided We Unite.

  4. toss up for my fave:#5 and #6; yeah, I’m getting worn out as well. I think I need a better mountain bike and 4hrs in the middle of nowhere doing my Danny Macaskill imitation, whistling “the wolves”. keep yer sense of humor about ya kinnon, sometimes you just have to laugh

  5. “Men Together for the Patriarchal Gospel”

    This is way too nice and completely inaccurate. I wonder what Jesus would say, maybe something like this, ” How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”

    Or

    “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

    Or better still,

    “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’ “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

    Or better still,

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

    “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.

    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate.”

    May the Lord revive the true Church out the ashes of these empty kingdoms of men…

  6. I can totally relate to this post.

    One of mine is:

    Mentioning any negative truth about a celebrity Christian is gossip/slander/bitterness/unforgiving/divisive…..ergo a henious sin against a “great man of God”.

    And I love what Ed said: Divided we Unite.

  7. 1. Thank you! You can call it peripheral until the cows come home. If it takes up half your pulpit time, its a core issue!
    2. Thank You! Down with the self-proclaimed Evangelical Popes! Doesn’t anybody see that their celebrity is getting to their heads? I FEEL LIKE I’M TAKING CRAZY PILLS!
    3. You’re off by a little there. Make it 80 years just to be safe.
    4. THANK YOU! It is nothing short of despairing to see all this GOSPEL GOSPEL GOSPEL COME AND GET YOUR GOSPEL WHILE IT’S FRESH AND HOT! all over the place. The advertising and hype ought to be enough to turn one off before even attending these circuses.
    5. Amen! I have no problem with the Chicago statement on Biblical inerrancy, I am fairly comfortable saying that document is truthful. It is also completely unnecessary. Those pushing inerrancy the hardest are only dogmatic about Scripture as far as it supports their agendas. None of the inerrancy pounders will EVER reference the Chicago statement in context. It was entirely pointless: As Michael Spencer used to say, the Reformation confessions had sufficient language on the inspiration and authority of scripture for over 400 years.

  8. This is absolutely on the money! Thank you for both the truth and the laugh.

  9. It’s kind of like the criticisms just get them going. Almost like it makes them say. “You think we’re chauvinistic? We’ll show you chauvinistic!” And then they let loose with another ridiculous rant.

    Not that it matters what I think. I learned very quickly that my voice lost its weight among these types when I left their camp.

    I wish I was better at ignoring it all – but this kind of craziness is all around me.

  10. People should be required to watch all four seasons of Mad Men before declaring that male-dominated patriarchal societies are a panacea.

  11. one of my profs at seminar – Dr Mariano Di Gangi was fond of saying (this may be a bit of a paraphrase) “If you can preach about hell or judgement without tears running down your face (& he was not talking about putting on an act) you need to stop & repent!”

What do you think?