Originally posted in July 2011, but still quite applicable for today.
In the past year or so, I have been really challenged as to why I write on the topics that I do.
The challenge by some has been: since you are a pastor, then you should only write about the gospel and the things of God. I lost a friend on Facebook because of this very argument. He was saying that since I write about politics, science, culture, sports and a host of other topics, that I am damaging the gospel of Christ.
Part of his charge is that since I’m not an expert in all these areas, I should remain silent on them and let the experts talk to us about them. His big argument was for man-made global warming. My argument against this was rooted right where his argument should have been: in the authoritative word of God.
My friend thought that since the experts have declared man-made global warming to be true, then anything that I wrote on the topic was just my own opinion. Never mind that God’s word has said that “while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). No matter what the experts may tell us, God has declared to us that there is no eternal summer or eternal winter before us. As Christians we must hold to God’s authoritative word even when it contradicts popular culture or science.
Far too many Christians are like my friend, thinking that our faith and views of the world should never mix. This is a major problem in the church. We want to think that we can separate our beliefs when it comes to salvation from those that we have about the world. I believe the terminology is to “compartmentalize” our faith.
However Scripture doesn’t allow for this. The Apostle Paul, writing for Christ, tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Every high thought that stand’s opposed to God’s word is to be cast down by those of us who are Christians, even when those high thoughts are put forth by scientist.
This is one of the reasons why I write as a pastor. As Christians our faith is to encompass every avenue of life, not just what we do on Sunday morning. We are to look at what the world is saying and compare that to Scripture. Where is agrees with Scripture, we can agree. But where it disagrees, we must say so. Even though we may not be scientists or experts in other areas of life, if the word of God declares something to be so, then we can trust it to be so.
I imagine that my friend, and many like him, have actually given over their beliefs of Genesis 1-11 to the secular experts. Many of the battles we are facing in culture are because the foundations of Scripture have been ripped away from the church. The moment that those in the church started giving into scientists on the age of the earth, the other doctrines found in those 11 chapters began to fall as well.
This is because the church doesn’t really believe in the authority of Scripture as much as we do the authority of the scientist. Instead of casting down every argument that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, we have tried to find ways in which we can compromise our beliefs in order to be acceptable to the scientist and the world. The moment we do this is the moment that we compromise the authority of Scripture.
If we are punting on the foundations of Scripture, then every other area of life will eventually fall as well. This is one reason the church is so weak in arguments against such as gay-marriage. If the Bible is not true concerning the days of creation, then how can it be true concerning God’s plan for marriage (even though Christ affirmed this plan in Matthew 19, and indirectly affirmed the rest of Genesis as well).
My friend would never concede on these issues. He felt is was necessary for the church to be silent on all things except faith. In other words, punt what Scripture says about creation and just believe in Jesus. He was failing to understand what I have just pointed out. We cannot punt on one area of Scripture and trust in another. It all stands or falls together.
This is why secularist have been so busy attacking it just as Satan did in the garden (another area that we shouldn’t believe according to some, after all, we are saying we believe that there were ‘talking snakes.’) They are saying “Did God really say…” We must answer this in the affirmative. God really did say and because His word is living and breathing, He is still saying it today through the 66 books of the Bible.
We must press forward declaring these truths even though the world declares us to be foolish. What is foolish to the world is the wisdom of God and this is why I write. Not only does the Bible address what we believe about creation, but also politics, work, money, sexuality, marriage and all areas of life. I write so that those who know the Lord and are known by Him will remember these truths and come back to the One who knows best of all. The arguments for science and the world continue and so should the pastors of Christ, both in and out of the pulpits. This may not be politically correct. But then God’s word never endorses such a man-made philosophy. Politically correctness must also be judged according to Scripture.
One final note. I will admit that my writing has cost me more than friendship. One search committee for a church in Kansas rejected me based on my writings. They said I was “too political.” OK, I accept that. I take comfort in knowing that such churches would have also rejected pastors during the Reformation, who spoke out against kings and popes. They would have also been opposed to pastors who spoke out during the Revolution of our country, and even those who spoke out against the slavery of fellow men, both in our country and in the United Kingdom.
If they are not willing for a pastor to be political, then can they truly allow one to speak against the heinous sins of our day, such as gay marriage, abortion, adultery, etc. I pity the man they do hire, and the congregation he is leading, for he is already being censored. As pastors, we must not be censored by our congregations or petty laws like the 501 3c tax code. Our job is to speak the truth, write the truth, declare the truth to all who will listen.
That is why I write with the view to cast down every argument that stands opposed to the knowledge of God and His word.