I actually argue here for Christian heroism. We have weasels, clerks, scandal-mongers, reputation destroyers, legalists. lunatics, advocates, pedophiles, corporate Christian bullies, out-right thieves, woman abusers. You can scarcely tune in to any form of media without reading how the Pope has a tearful reunion with alleged victims of predatory priests or another tele-evangelist got caught doing what he or she spent ten years railing against to raise money from the simple-minded.
We have enough of these. How do we keep manufacturing them? More closely put, why do we keep protecting them?
There is something wrong.
So, I argue for Christian heroism.
By Christian heroism, I mean dogged insistence on self-thought, not self-absorption, but the kind of thought an honest man can think and say, consulting only his Lord and his conscience. By Christian heroism, I mean the kind of courage that opposes entrenched evil, closing with it, grappling to the death of one or the other, confident the example of courage will inspire others to take up the colors as the first hero falls. By Christian heroism, I mean the kind of person who stands over against the accepted entities, themselves besmirched with scandal, themselves the defenders of the faithless rather than the faith.
Christiam heroes should be, must be, the kind of people you can trust with money, children, women and all of those who cannot reasonably expect to defend themselves. If basic honesty is a problem for a leader, he/she is not a leader for Christians.
A Christian hero inspects and advocates the historical/phlosophical underpinnings of the Christian faith. In Christian heroism I insist we could see the end of some of the internecine warfare of the last generation. Christian reunion is certainly impossible. Yet, like universal salvation, it should be the hopeless goal of the Christian hero.
We cannot continue to criminalize disagreement so the barely Christian extremes (and their cohorts) can raise funds. Christians should contend for the Truth by this simple act; proclamation of clear truth in its proper application and with appropriate love.
What opposes Christian heroism? The greatest enemy of Christian heroism, I think, is our own carnality; not merely the practice of unoliness but the way we permit its advance for the sake of maintaining some outmoded organizational apparatus.
The present powerful debate over Biblical instruction on sanctification and justification is actually about carnality, for it frames the question, "What is permissible and when is too much too much?" The Christian hero understands the real question is before us, not what Paul meant to say, but what God thinks right now. One can hardly maintain the current mess is what God currently thinks God now wants from God's people today.
Opinions expressed here are mine alone, darn it all, and do not reflect the opinions of the church I serve or of any other person or organization I know anything about or might represent, drat the luck.