Now there are a lot of people out there who are apoplectic about the current "disaster" facing Donald J. Drumpf, as apparently there is a video out there that proves even to the brain dead that he is a horny teenager with wrinkles. Well, that's nice, but for those of us who have read a newspaper in the past 30 years, this isn't exactly a surprise. He's a guy who owns casinos and strip clubs, has written at length about his sexual conquests in his own autobiography, and his divorces were not exactly "no fault." One may as well be shocked that water is wet.
But what's good about this? Well, it's shining a light on "fundagelicalism", showing us some things that we desperately need to see. For starters, there's a whole list of our "leaders"--predominantly the pastors of megachurches and large ministries--who failed to warn their followers about who Mr. Trump really is, and even gave legitimacy to his campaign by signing on.
Why is this? Well, my hunch is that too many leaders, and far too many congregants, are simply way too infatuated with bigness. They simply want to hang out with the cool people and be recognized by the crowds. Yes, it's an American tradition, but at a certain point, we also should understand that big is not necessarily good--ask any family that decided to give a Toyota or Datsun a try during the 1970s.
Those leaders who are now bailing on Drumpf, moreover, are also revealing that they really aren't paying attention until....the controversy is too obvious to ignore. In other words, these guys are not leaders at all, but followers. In other words, if you want an actual pastor, a shepherd that will warn you of wolves...you might want to look elsewhere. After all, love of bigness, and sticking with flawed ideas and people until the evidence is obvious even to the brain dead, do not appear as qualifications for pastors and elders in 1 Timothy and Titus.
We have, therefore, a great opportunity to do something of a "purge" of un-Biblical attitudes in our movement. Let's use it, whether that purge is manifested as repentance by these leaders, or outright replacement.
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