Monday, May 18, 2009


Over the last few hours, I have seen numerous petitions, by email, calling for the dismissal or forced resignation of Fr. John Jenkins, the President of the University of Notre Dame. The reason: he invited President Barack Obama as the commencement speaker, and President Obama made comments that some thought to be "pro-abortion."

In addition to this, I've seen petitions to remove members of the clergy due to their beliefs in same-sex marriage. Why?

As Christians, our job is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Forgive my bluntness, but what good does it do to attack people we disagree with? Does that somehow make us feel victorious?

What about their souls? Instead of trying to take people's jobs, why can't we just be proactive in prayer and evangelism? If we were spreading the Gospel like we should all along, we would not be dealing with these issues anyway.

If we do take their jobs for supporting abortion or same-sex marriage, what's next? What if the "church" began moving to fire liars, fornicators, masturbators? Well, we won't sign a petition for that. Why? Because too many "church folk" are involved in those things. What about slander and fraud? No way the church would want that exposed. Too many ministries love their gossip and enjoy swindling money out of God's people.

As I have been reading and praying about these things over the last few days, God has just quickened a righteous indignation within me. We cannot judge others for our lack of true ministry! Whether we like it or not, people have a right to choose salvation... or not. God is not a respector of persons, and He supports free will. We may disagree, but love must prevail. We are ambassadors, sent to spread the truth. Our job is not to slaughter in anger, because we've missed our spiritual assignments.


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