Circle the Wagons…Ready Aim…

Two back to back posts in May, and then nothing not for lack of wanting, more for lack of motive…I am making a conscious effort to do less angsty pastor rants against the machine that is the American Christianity.  I’m amazed at how easy it is to write those posts.

This week though is ripe for some sort of post.  Christianity in our country has of course been attacked on two fronts…Once again the media is being unfair to people of faith…once again the media is giving a pass to a celebrity that has undergone a procedure, ushering in what is sure to be the end of most favored status in the eyes of God that our country has so enjoyed…

The real question I have been asking for the past few days is this…would they be welcome in my church?

For the record, I have never been a fan of the Duggars…I have pretty much always felt that their choices are irresponsible, at the same time, if they can afford the lifestyle that they chose to live, not put a drain on much needed social programs for people struggling, then well it’s their business, I may not like it, I may not agree with it, I may have huge issues with having so many kids that there is no possible way to adequately parent them.. but part of the joy of living in our country is freedom to choose and well they have chosen.  Some would say that my concerns and theirs have been born out, that their unorthodox lifestyle has caught up to them… Whatever…Conservative Xtians have been circling the wagons, claiming forgiveness, calling the media out for breaking the story…the family has come to the defense of their son and brother and husband, depending on who they are…and they should that’s part of being a family, but attempting to play the victim card bugs me, shifting the blame also bothers me, and while some are gleeful that this once prominent family has fallen, I find myself sad, and wondering.  What would happen if any one of them or all 19 plus walked into Locust Point Community Church tomorrow?  What would I say , what would I do?  How would I approach them, how would I pass judgment, and do I even have a reason too?  I maintain no.  I do not NOT NOT for a moment say that what happened years ago is okay, I don’t think they did the right thing, I don’t think that they did what was best for their family or their son, but if I really believe what I say I believe, if I really believe that Jesus grace is for all, if whosoever means whosoever what do I do with that?  I hate to say it but if they walked into my church I would probably cringe…that’s not cool…Jesus didn’t cringe when the woman was thrown at his feet, he stooped down and started writing in the dirt…

Speaking of women…if xtians have circled the wagons with the Duggars, they have Loaded for Bear with Caitlin / Bruce Jenner…I risk offending everyone I know with this next bit but this blog is as much for me as it is for others, and if reader stats are any indication, well anyway love it when people read my blog, wish more would.  What would I do if any of the Jenners walked into Locust Point Community Church tomorrow morning?  What if Caitlin walked into my church, sat in the back and just listened?  I’ll admit to having an issue with his choice.  The Christ follower Pastor part of me truly believes that God designs us.  That comes from here…

Psalm 139:13–16 (NLT) — 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Bruce’s choice bothers me, because it seems he is telling God…you were wrong…that may be an elementary understanding and it may bother some of my friends… I’m okay with that.  I am equally bothered by the people who are claiming that Bruce’s choice is equal to the end of the world as we know it. If what I read in Psalm 139:16 is true then God knew this was going to happen.  Caitlin is also a whosoever…and if I really believe that, then I have to know that God loves Caitlin where she is right now…and that God loved Bruce right where he was before the whole journey started.  It means that God will continue to love and reach and want a relationship with Caitlin, even though she chose to tell God he was wrong…If God loves her that much, if he is willing to reach to her then my calling and job is clear.  Do I think this choice was brave…not really, should Caitlin have been given an award for courage…not in my book but hey it’s not my network, and really in the grand scheme of things does it matter…a person that has a relationship with God that is real and active is what we should all be striving for, and if we say we are Christ followers, hoping to bring others into, including Caitlin Jenner…At the risk of sounding simple.  Jenner with an award and no relationship with God is the same as Jenner without an award and no relationship with God, a tragedy.

As a Christian and Pastor, I have it all wrong.  Not wanting either the Duggars or the Jenners in my church on a Sunday morning speaks to a lack of faith on my part.  It’s not my job to defend or prosecute either one of them.  It’s my job, my calling, and should be my heart to pray for them, to stand in the gap for them.  Regardless of how I feel about both situations, they are all whosoever’s…but hey so am I…so are you…

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