I tend to pick on some well known pastors and authors out in the blogosphere whom I actually like, or at least I think they may have some redeeming qualities buried deep down in the dark abyss somewhere. People like Joel Osteen, John MacArthur, Tim Keller, and even the Blind Pharisee of Sherwood Forest himself, Doug Wilson.
Those I adore well, those I have nothing to say about at all, because I would probably just cheerfully lop off a man’s ear with a sword for them.
This all tends to really skew the blogging perspective. Or as someone recently said to me, how come you never complain about anybody woke?! That’s a valid point. Well, primarily because they are just depressing as all get go and hardly worth my time. There’s something to be said about not casting pearls before swine.
But ask and ye shall receive! Ladies and gentlemen I give you John Pavlovitz and when I say “give” I mean, please take him with you when you leave.
So John wrote a charming post called “Dear Judas.” This would be a good time to mention that we should be very careful about pointing fingers at others because we will always have four more fingers pointing right back at us. Or as someone smart recently said, “You know what an accusation from a narcissist is?” A confession.
That’s the darn truth! They are often staring right at a mirror thinking they are looking at you, but they are not. What they are really seeing is their own reflection.
What they are complaining about, disgusted by, and rejecting, is really just their own reflection. You’re simply the target. Collateral damage.
Something very different about Pavlovitz and I, he like many pharisee, jumps on the chance to condemn Judas, to declare he’d “forfeited his soul,” to revile and delight in his suffering, to practically salivate over how Judas is now consumed by “guilt, in a searing, sweaty panic,“ and experiencing a “sickening moment of clarity-come-too-late.”
Oh, and as he is just rubbing his sweaty little palms too, hoping that very thing happens to you. He’s got a gleeful flush just thinking about it.
That’s how a pharisee thinks, how a religionist thinks! Those of us who follow Jesus Christ are more like, So how in the world did Jesus ever manage to calmly sit down and break bread with people He knew were planning to betray him, deny Him, and sell Him out?
He knew! He knew He would be betrayed, mocked, scorned, but He loved them anyway and He laid down His very life for them……. and for me!
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
So Pavlovitz, you privileged, pusillanimous plate of soggy pasta, all sitting up on your high horse perched on a hill far away from all the other sinners, that’s the problem right there. If you don’t fully understand that it was your sin, your betrayal, your inadequacy that Jesus went to the cross for, that you are the one who betrayed Him, you’ve kind of missed the whole message of the gospel.
Luke 7:47, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
That’s all the wisdom I have to offer today, free of charge. Like many others Pavlovitz will probably completely ignore me and be worst off for it.