In my morning trek through Facebook I came across a few things: leaders within the camp who follow Jesus who have sinned, Kim Davis being called out on hypocrisy, pictures of oxygenless tires, and quotes about optimism.
I am not so optimistic about much of what’s said on Facebook bearing much weight to changing the minds of people. But I am optimistic about what’s said on Facebook bearing the weight of what people think. Like the way a tire bears the weight of a car.
But tires have a little too much form, and if you don’t need air in tires then why not invent something altogether different than the tire? For example, when someone criticizes Kim Davis for being a hypocrite, they are calling her one based on her standard, not their own. They’re okay with divorce. In fact, they believe marriage should be free for all. Even for those who are already married. The problem with calling Kim Davis a hypocrite for standing up for what she believes is that they ignore what she believes. Yes, she may claim to hold to the fact the bible does not say anything positive about anyone but one man and one woman getting married, but she might not claim to believe Balaam’s ass spoke to him truly. Or even that God spoke truly. Just because one holds to the bible doesn’t mean they follow it. Ghandi loved Jesus, but didn’t follow him. Which ignored what Jesus taught about love. Yet the same people won’t call Ghandi out on it.
Kim Davis may be a hypocrite, but I would rather be a hypocrite who is right than a hypocrite who is wrong. It’s one thing to be in sin and be right about what sin is. It’s another to be in sin and not know there is such thing as sin.
So, though Kim Davis may be a hypocrite, she is the right kind of hypocrite. The kind that makes her hypocrisy known. And as far as the sinning leaders of the Jesus tribe, they lived in hypocrisy, it was exposed, and they repented and or are repenting. Some repent by stepping down from ministry. Others seem to repent by stepping down and moving to another church. While others seem to defend their hypocrisy.
Those who defend their hypocrisy aren’t those you’ll find on the Ashley Madison list, though I don’t doubt some may. But they are the ones who swing for Jesus, like a little child who swings out of joy on the playground. The adults who swing are not swinging to where God desires them to be, but where they ought not to be. And yet they defend their swinging by saying its for the sake of evangelism. The gospel is at stake if I do not take another mans wife and another man has my wife. They will never know God if we don’t sleep with as many other couples as we possibly can. It would seem God only speaks through sex then, and instead of quoting Jesus they might as well have babies with all these couples and God will perhaps speak more clearly through all those children.
So, while one set of leaders who follow Jesus defend their sin, and another set repent after their sin exposed, we miss out on all the leaders who repent as they sin, and are repenting everyday.
The world desires not to see that, as much as they want to be optimistic and thing positively and treat all men equally, and so they ride around in cars with airless tires. Yet these tires they ride on are round, and though round is a little too much like a shape, they rather there be no air inside. Much like Kim Davis who, may have little oxygen going to her head about what she ought to be doing, yet at least she recognizes a shape, and is content for the time being riding with tires that are flat. The Christian leaders who are repenting are trying to refill their flat tires. But the world is trying to get rid of the air but keep the tire.
To which I say, why keep the tire? Why not ditch the car entirely?