What is love? Making molehills out of mountains – Part 5

Today I am continuing to review the numerous assaults on the Christian faith, the Bible, and the Gospel that were contained in the article A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On. If you would like to start back at the beginning of this series, here are the links to parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. We pick up in Glennon’s article with:

Recently there was some talk in my Bible study about homosexuality being sinful. I quoted Mother Teresa and said, “When we judge people we have no time to love them” (Glennon).

But what does it mean to love? And we should look to the Bible for our answers on that question, not Mother Teresa. Was Jesus loving when he told people to repent of their sins and pronounced woes on the unrepentant:

Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you” (Matthew 11:20-24).

Yes, of course Jesus was loving when he told people to repent. Why is that loving? Because if we do not repent of our sins then we will face the judgment and eternal wrath of God that Jesus also describes. I wonder, do Glennon and others like her who hold similar views actually believe in hell and God’s wrath for sin? Jesus believed in them. Do they?

Was the prophet Nathan loving when he went to King David and said:

Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? (2 Samuel 12:9).

That sound’s pretty judgmental! Sure, King David may have committed adultery and had a man killed, but Nathan seems to be too busy judging David to have time to love him. In 1 Corinthians 5, the apostle Paul writes:

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing (1 Cor 5:1-3).

Paul not only judges this immoral man, but even scolds the church at Corinth for not judging sin:

 Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? (1 Cor 5:12)

Why was Paul so judgmental and encouraging the church to be judgmental? Does that sound loving? YES! It was the most loving thing that could be done by Paul and this church because this man’s eternal destiny was at stake:

You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord (1 Cor 5:5).

The good news is that most Bible scholars believe that this individual actually did repent, was  saved from that sin, and was to be welcomed back into the church (2 Corinthians 2:5-8). This is the very reason we are to pronounce God’s judgment of sin and call people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ – so they will actually repent and be saved.

Glennon goes on:

I was immediately reprimanded for my blasphemy by a woman who reminded me of 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. But I was confused because this woman was speaking. In church. And she was also wearing a necklace. And I could see her hair, baby. She had no head covering. All of which are sooooo totally against the New Testament Bible Rules. And so I assumed that she had decided not to follow the parts of the Bible that limited her particular freedoms, but to hold fast to the parts that limit the freedoms of others. I didn’t point this out at the time, because she wasn’t a bad person. People are doing the best they can, mostly. It’s best not to embarrass anyone (Glennon).

What a second! Didn’t Glennon just judge this person’s use of the Bible? Who is she to say that this person has misused the Bible? This is such a common double standard regarding judgment that I do not think most people even recognize it. It is okay for her to judge, but not for others to judge. There is so much more to discuss in this paragraph that we will have to save it until part 6 tomorrow.


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