Who Says Marriage Is Dead?

I seriously wonder whether we Christians need to relax on this issue as it’s expressed in our depraved culture. Case in point: the work of several popular song writers. Andy Grammar has a nice little ditty called Fine By Me, the catch line of which is “It’s fine by me if you never leave.” Sounds like marriage to me! In fact, the opening line is “You’re not the type of girl to remain with the guy, with the guy too shy, too afraid to say he’ll give his heart to you forever.” Even John Mayer, in his single I Won’t Give Up, seems to extol the beauty and intimacy of lifelong relationships, declaring “I know we’re worth it!”

So gird yourself up, Christian. Even our modern pagan minstrels cannot help but extol the glories of lifelong love between one man and one woman. And if they can’t help themselves, you can be sure that your neighbors can’t either.

So the next time someone tries to shove same sex relationships down your throat, tell them to listen to Andy Grammar and call you in the morning.

D.W. Flips…and So Do We

There is a problem, I believe, with how some in Reformed Christianity handle Doug Wilson. And I want to make my case plain here.

In the interest of full disclosure, let me begin by acknowledging that the guy drives me nuts. But that’s my problem, not his. I find it intensely irritating that a man who has never formally studied theology in less than a generation has found himself as one of the leaders of a theological movement. So there you go.

The line I have encountered with many good Reformed brothers has been that when Doug is good, he is good. And when he is bad, he is terrible. And so there is this ambivalence about him. “Eat the meat, spit out the bones” as it were. And at some level, I can accept this. We should give credit where credit is due. We should be truth-tellers. The ninth commandment applies, even in Doug Wilson’s case (by the way, I’m not picking on just Doug…he represents, for me, the FV more generally…he’s merely a high-profile example).

But I have two problems with this typical assessment.

First, it ignores the severe harm that this man has caused to churches and Christians in the Reformed tradition. Whole congregations have been rent asunder. I cannot conceive of how taking Federal Husband seriously results in anything remotely approaching the mutual submission of Galatians 5. And yet whole families have left NAPARC churches in favor of the teaching and practice of CREC or CREC-like congregations.

This leads me to my second objection (and this is what really burns my biscuits): Mr. Wilson has been on a quarter-century project of co-opting the Reformed tradition. Does anything communicate the point more clearly than the title of his remarkably irresponsible book ‘Reformed’ Is Not Enough. The implication is clear: he is really Reformed, but we merely call ourselves such a name. Historically, such a claim is balderdash, but he seems at ease with making it.

I heard a man preach the sermon at an ordination and installation this morning, and one of his texts was from Acts 20:29-30, which read, “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.”

The quality of D.W.’s writing might vary, but when our ambivalence overlooks the gauntlet thrown down by Scripture, I’m not sure that we fare much better.

Branding the Gospel, Seattle Style

“We are not concerned with other Mars Hill churches unless their logo and branding is [similar to] ours.” True on so many levels…

Read the rest of the article here on how Seattle’s Mar’s Hill initiated legal action when it discovered a Sacramento church had the same name and similar branding.

How easily 1 Cor. 6 is thrown under the bus in favor of the personality cults of 1 Cor. 1!

Depoliticize and Realize?

After reading this piece at the Mises Institute last night, I have a confession to make: I have often thought about no longer voting.

[Gasp?] Yes, you read that correctly. Oh how I must be so much lower in your eyes!

But hear me out. First of all, I haven’t actually done it yet. Second, and most importantly, my contemplation of doing so rests primarily on some very inconvenient truths, not my own irascibility. For example, the arena of political discourse tends to reduce the level of discussion on any particular issue, not elevate it. So why add my voice to a cacophony of fools? Additionally, the reality of American politics is that parties and candidates are constantly fighting over a small bandwidth of voters. As long as I allow myself to become one more “Christian” voter, the Republicans can automatically count me as part of their base, and my vote thereby becomes meaningless because it’s already been counted. Lastly, electing any particular candidate proves ineffectual, at least in term of recent history, for accomplishing anything other than the spending of money and the making of war. It seems to me more and more that I, and most other Christians, would do much better to find solutions to the problems we see in society by cooperating with those with whom we have common cause rather than campaigning for some politician whom we hope will legislate biblical morality and crown Christianity as our de facto national religion.

I’ll admit that Mr. Mauzy is rather over-the-top in his rhetoric, perhaps even sounding anarchist. But in the Constitutional context of limited government, isn’t he right?

Fanboy Or Not!

With all of the reposts I make of the wisdom over at Old Life, you might call me a fan boy.  I get it.  But this is too good not to repost.  I have so many times wanted to write it myself.  But at the end of the day, you have to have the credentials to pull it off.  Dr. Hart has them, and he uses them to the full.  This post not only peels apart the psychological onion of the Reformed celebrity-ism of the last 20 years, but it also shows the hypocrisy of alliances and coalitions that are formed as much around a commitment not to engage in discipline with each other as they are around the doctrines of grace.