Slaves to the master
This won’t be another blog post defending Louie Giglio or his invitation to speak at the benediction of the president’s inaugural. There’s been enough about that from people like Gabe Lyons and Stephen Parris, and I really couldn’t care less. Although I respect Giglio, his opinions and his devotion to Christ, I couldn’t care less about what he would say, how he would pray, or what he would do at the inaugural. Freedom of conscience, whatever that means, hasn’t anything to do with it. Some think there’s an awful irony in it, that the very man championing a modern day abolition movement could be labeled a bigot. There is that, but there seems to me to be a greater irony.
People are free to follow their thinking as they choose. One’s own conscience can be regarded or disregarded. Would that people follow the conscience of the Holy Spirit every day in every circumstance as it would dramatically change the course of events in the world, but such is the nature of sin. The nature of human freedom is that there are choices which can be made and that the decisions rest solely with individuals. The human conscience is a complicated thing, and faced with the conditions of freedom, it can be motivated by selfish interests or higher more nobler principles or ideals. I don’t propose to know more than the average individual about the conscience, but my thinking is drawn from experience and precepts of the Scriptures, which I believe reveal the wisdom of God.
It is the Scripture which teaches me that consciences can be “seared” (1 Timothy 4:2), or in other words, desensitized or unfeeling to the choices presented by human freedom. It is also Scripture which teaches me that there are only two real choices in life. That there is a great war between two great spiritual powers engaged for the mind, soul and will of mankind. There is much made of God’s love for mankind in Christian circles, but it leaves the impression that God is needy, that somehow God has some sort of fixation with individuals to follow Him.
And this is where I get back to Louie Giglio, Barack Obama, Gabe Lyons, Stephen Parris, Elmo Shangnaster, etcetera and the events of mankind. Yes, God loves them all. What does God think or do, though, if Gabe Lyons turned in his “freedom of conscience”, as he put it, to follow the ways of the world? Does it really matter to God if there is or isn’t a speech given by Louie Giglio? Does the Lord God regard more of Mr. Obama as being president than any other human being? Is God codependent upon individuals to behave as He would like? My answer would be that God’s treatment and conditions of humanity haven’t changed and won’t regardless of the individuals or who they think they are. God handles them all the same, although those who follow Christ have a disparate reward apart from the condemnation of those who don’t. The significance of individuality people apply to themselves is something which I believe God disregards, or may consider pride.
The greater irony is the laughable significance that Mr. Obama will apparently be sworn into office with bibles used by Lincoln and MLK. To take an oath is to call upon God to witness themselves as bound by truth. Essentially, it is to declare oneself subordinate to the greater power, to be a slave to a master. All the talk of slavery, abolitionism, homosexuality and homogamy is myopic to the greatest irony. In the end, the irony that anyone considers themselves free as they always serve one of two masters is the foundation to the events of man.