Reverend Peter McBlabbermouth shared the story of his "call to ministry" countless times and it was a story that warmed the hearts of the hearer. He also told the story about his decision to be a business owner to help support his calling to preach, teach, and bleach. The church had grown in popularity as a result of his pseudo rock-star status, yet it just wasn't enough for him so he hosted town hall meetings at the church and pushed the envelope where his non-profit status was concerned.
Pastor Peter, however, was undeterred and one night while sitting on the commode, an idea came to him: He should run for office and legislate the degenerate masses into Christian submission and through political morality, he could expand the kingdom of God.
It was either yet another "call of God" or a bad case of indigestion.
In our contemporary culture we have at work two, maybe three primary theological constructs for those who do believe in God. These are particularly evident in those who seek more power and prestige within the circle of believers and this is not to say that they are the only doctrinal or theological systems in the universe.
1. Hands Off: God has set the wheels in motion and is disconnected from the everyday lives of believers and is just waiting for the right combination of events to take place in order to justify His return.
2. Hand-Wringing God: God is completely dependent upon His creation to take the lead and usher in a new era of "godliness" in His name, but under the guise of political power.
3. Gambling God: God as a cosmic slot machine. We ask, or demand of God, and he is obligated to help us in our time of need or desire. Kinda like when Ted Cruz proclaimed that God had called him to be President. Turned out, it was indigestion.
Pastor Peter will be embarking upon a very treacherous road an it is one that could cause the faith of some to be thrown into a ditch. In the event that Pastor Peter loses his race after God "called' him to run, does that mean God was unable to see through His plan through to fruition? Does it mean that Pastor Peter was/is a false prophet and should be stoned according to the rules of prophets? Are those running against Pastor Peter to be considered of the devil because they oppose the one whom God has called to run for political office?
Of course, there is the other side of the coin as well. In the event that Pastor Peter wins, chances are that he will be an egomaniacal tyrant who feels justified to say and do whatever because, after all, the "call" of God was upon him. We've seen it happen before, haven't we?
So, what do you do when you see a religious leader make the decision that "God called him/her" to run? Simple.
1. Run Away: In the New Testament, you see that in the end, the Anti-Christ was a religious leader who loosed Old Slew Foot. This would end badly for everyone.
2. Laugh: Have a little fun with it and send campaign contributions in the form of antacids.
3. Call Him/Her Out To His Face: We all know of the rift between Peter and Paul because old Peter had some pork on his breath while telling others not to. The fact of the matter is that we should keep it within the confines of the Church and call the false prophet out for what he/she is and do so with impunity. In the New Testament, the harshest words Christ uttered were to the religious leaders of the day who had political connections; the Pharisees. It wasn't the "gay agenda" or the "pot smokers" Jesus ripped to shreds, but rather the self-righteous Pharisees.
They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Are you getting the picture yet? Don't let the indigestion of some who think themselves greater than they are be vomited all over you.
Be safe, and remember it's all about full contact faith.