Is this funny, or something else? Do words mean something? Please read ‘My name is Everett Piper and I’m running for president of the United States’ by Everett Piper.
In the April 23, 2019, edition of the NPR Update, Tom Gjelten posted a column he titled “How Would Jesus Vote?” In that column, Mr. Gjelten presents the South Bend, Indiana mayor, Pete Buttigieg, as a new kind of “Christian” politician a “married” homosexual who favors the eisegesis of inclusion, acceptance and tolerance rather than the exegesis of doctrine, dogma and clear definitions.
In other words, Mayor Buttigieg’s “Christianity” is one of subjective feelings over and above the authoritative facts of The Faith. Mr. Buttigieg redefines religion to suit his own personal preferences and priorities. He chooses to change Christianity to better accommodate himself rather than change himself to better accommodate Christianity. Mr. Buttigieg, thereby, redefines what it means to be a Christian.
Mr. Gjelten, to his credit, does mention that there are those within the historically orthodox Christian Church who disagree with such a progressive and freewheeling reconstruction of a definition that has been pretty much settled for some 2,000 years. More specifically he cites, one “conservative academic [who] argued that Buttigieg doesn’t get to make up his own [Jesus]”.
I am that “conservative academic.” (continued here)
How Would Jesus Vote? by Tom Gjelten is the NPR Update Piper referenced.
Where do I stand? Is Piper right or Buttigieg? Piper has my vote. Conservatives don’t call the Bible a blueprint for government. Even though the first five books of the Bible present the Mosaic Code, a legal code, we accept the fact we are under the New Covenant (see What is the new covenant? (bibleinfo.com) and What is the New Covenant? (gotquestions.org)), not under Old Testament law.
Jesus did not establish His government. That awaits His Second Coming. So what do we do in the meantime? We do what He said. We don’t allow busybodies to order us about. We obey Jesus. We follow His example, and we allow others the opportunity to do the same. We allow others to follow the dictates of their own conscience.
Romans 14:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
We don’t twist the meaning of words. We don’t try to pretend we are not forcing our beliefs upon someone else when that is exactly what we are doing.
Consider this quote by Pastor Duke Kwon from the NPR Update.
“I think there is a problem when we try too quickly to say that our view of this or that matter of public policy is the only legitimate Christian view,” Kwon says. “I think one of the hallmarks of Christian discourse in the public square ought to be humility, respect, patience, self-control. [Those are] virtues that are informed by the Gospel of Christ, and all too often that’s the opposite of what you hear from Christians when speaking out on policy issues.” (from here)
Humility is about humbling ourselves before God and obeying God, not giving in to the whims and the absurd promises of power-hungry politicians. It is not about using government to force others to implement our own version of Utopia. When so-called Progressives start insisting that we must render unto Caesar what belongs to God, Christians must object. Jesus did not obey the traditions of men. He obeyed the Will of our Father.