Attack Dogs

CT posts an excellent article by David Aikman called Attack Dogs of Christendom.

It’s an excellent title too. It is the hallmark of Christendom. For it is not about serving Christ as much as serving our own egos. Not as much about being faithful to God as somehow proving our worth to God. Defending him. Asserting ourselves. Seeking domination and power through anger and sophistry.

It is not the Christ of Philippians 2 in this. It is the Christ of Christendom, whose kingdom became one of control. Such attacks betray an inner immaturity, one that might very well accompany an intellectual achievement. But there’s no peace, no hope, no grace. There is accusation and distinction and a stifling. Jesus saved his anger and rage for the Pharisees, who were the protectors of religious right and wrong. They questioned Jesus. They sought traps for him. Made assumptions about him. Took his words to accuse him. Not for themselves, but for the people of Israel. They saw themselves as the defenders of God and the bearers of Gods truth. And they were, really, just a brood of vipers, spreading poison.

Which is sad. Mostly because such people who act this way do so out of an earnest desire to serve God. Only they are not serving God but God’s foe. They might win an intellectual argument but they betray the law of Love and in that they dismiss the Holy Spirit.

How does one respond? By not playing their game. Love your enemies. Even when they are sharing the same pew.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “”He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future-all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God. I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, “Nothing beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?

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