Why Preach on Sex and Politics?

Posted: August 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

I recently finished a sermon series on the Song of Songs and I’m sure that if John MacArthur would have heard any of the messages he would have rebuked me.

Don’t get me wrong, I deeply respect Dr. MacArthur and often look to him and his ministry for wisdom.

I also often blog about issues that are “political” and am thinking about an entire sermon series on culture next summer that would include public policy questions.  According to my seminary profs, such a move is more of a death wish than backhanding Chuck Norris, so why do it?

I deeply believe in the old evangelical adage that “Jesus is either Lord of all or he’s not Lord at all!”  In my humble opinion, there should not be a single inch of creation that falls outside of the rule of Christ. 

Now, I don’t have a head injury, so I realize that these are divisive topics and must be handled with wisdom but I don’t think the problems are the issues themselves but the way we structure churches to deal with them.  We can deal with any topic in church if we work hard enough to cultivate an atmosphere in which all disagreements are handled with grace but we are deluding ourselves if we think that we can preach or teach with any fidelity to Scripture without inciting passionate opinions that clash.

Indeed, leadership expert Patrick Leoncini argues in his classic work, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, that healthy organizations learn to disagree with each other in a productive manner. Yet, it seems that the only thing keeping some churches together is lack of communication!

Zondervan will soon publish Dr. Wayne Grudem’s book “Politics According to the Bible” and we have just exited several years of the church revisiting the Song of Songs in a more honest manner than we have approached the book in the past.  May these two strands produce churches that are bold enough to address the whole Gospel to the whole of creation but in a wise and grace-filled way.

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