Mark Driscoll recently praised Rick Warren regarding his invocation at President Obama’s inauguration. As part of his writing about that, Driscoll stated that Warren was following the commands of 1 Timothy 2:1-3. Seeing as how Driscoll and Warren together (in any form) represented a 2-fer for the ADMs, this couldn’t go unnoted. After a paragraph of gross exaggeration and dead-horse-beating about Driscoll, Ingrid whipped out this gem:
To use Scriptural precedent for publicly praying God’s blessing on a leader who is an enemy of God is an abomination.
This is quite possibly one of the most brilliant things ever written. Because of the opening phrase, Ingrid has (allegedly) silenced any critics of this sentence. If you use “Scriptural precedent” to show how ludicrous this idea is, then it’s “an abomination”. And if you don’t use “Scriptural precedent”, then you open yourself to criticism for not abiding by sola scriptura.
At least she was consistent by not using any Scripture herself to back up this statement.
Well, I’m not ready to be silent. So get ready for more abomination, because I’m going to reference that nasty Bible thing.
In Luke 6:28, Jesus commanded us to
bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
Now I have to wonder. Ya think any “enemy of God” has ever cursed a Christian? I’m thinking there’s a pretty good chance. (I’m also thinking that Tolstoy wrote a few words in his lifetime.) So, according to Jesus, we’re supposed to bless that person. But according to Ingrid, we’re not supposed to ask God to bless that person. So, in short, we’re supposed to act one way, and God another way. Even shorter, we’re not supposed to be like God.
“Enemy of God” is an interesting phrase. It’s even very Biblical (at least when applied correctly). Romans 5 and Colossians 1 both tell us that all people are enemies of God before salvation. Every Christian was blessed with the faith to accept Christ. Every Christian was blessed by the fact that Christ died before anyone reading this was born.
Let’s go broader: Ya think there were any non-Christians (and therefore, enemies of God) on board Flight 1549 (the flight that ditched in the Hudson River)? I’m thinking there’s a pretty good chance. (I’m also thinking that it may, occasionally, get a bit brisk in Antartica.) God certainly blessed those people by sparing their lives.
But according to Ingrid, God’s not supposed to bless His enemies. What an absolute screw-up this God character is. My only comfort is that, most likely in her mind, I don’t follow Him anyway.