Sunday, November 27, 2011

Robert Schuller and limos for meals

http://www.ocregister.com/news/schullers-325273-meals-church.html
One of my earlier little disappointments was that Driscoll did a 180 on Robert Schuller about six or seven years ago.  It was a minor disappointment in the long run because Schuller has never mattered that much to me and I never particularly took him seriously.  It was also a minor disappointment compared to the boondoggle in Ballard; the firings that happened in connection to the 2007 by-laws; and Driscoll's pathetic preaching in 2007. But the Schuller disappointment was a disappointment all the same.  Mark, long ago, considered Schuller a liberal/pragmatic sell-out on the Gospel until he was invited to preach and teach there.  Then he changed his tune.  It remains to be seen whether Driscoll will have a similar epiphany about T. D. Jakes.  For the moment he's just taking the wait-and-see approach he seems to think megachurch pastors deserve because they aren't writing novels like The Shack.

Maybe Driscoll just forgot a passage from the book of Proverbs?  He once spoke about how he believed there was going to be a resurgence of Christian interest in the wisdom literature (i.e. Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes). I suppose it is to his credit (or discredit) that he has continually returned to books in the Writings (except, you know, anything in the entire book of Psalms or Job). 

Now in the book of Proverbs one of the sterner warnings is to those who are invited to dine in the house of a wealthy man, particularly a ruler.  And if Robert Schuller could not count, by the old testament measure of things, as a ruler of almost inconceivable wealth, I don't know who would:

When you sit to dine with a ruler,
   note well what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
   if you are given to gluttony.
Do not crave his delicacies,
   for that food is deceptive.

Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
   do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
   for they will surely sprout wings
   and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
   do not crave his delicacies;
for he is the kind of person
   who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
   but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten
   and will have wasted your compliments
.

The hospitality and generosity of the wealthy and/or powerful is not inherently evil, of course, but it is not inherently good, either.

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