Call it a Throwback Thursday moment, because I still love this:
I’m jealous of C.J. Mahaney’s ability to cover up ugly things.
I’m jealous of Tim Keller’s reasoning skills.
I’m jealous of John Piper’s articulation of positions that implode even as he states them.
I’m jealous of Bill Gothard’s way with the ladies.
I’m jealous of Bob Jones University’s keen identification of the sources of problems.
I’m jealous of Mark Driscoll’s ambition.
I’m just jealous of your success in the Lord.
I think, however, I’ve learned from these men how to be successful in the Lord.
Be forceful, be confident, be uncompromising, be direct, be confrontational.
Be rhetorically slippery; be illogical.
Be anything that makes someone successful in today’s world of marketing and media, for the world of marketing and media is the Kingdom of Heaven.
And I’ve learned you can have a great social club by gathering around the teachings of famous contemporaries.
Just save the discernment for later, when the facts are so obvious no discernment is necessary, which is how discernment seems to work in American churches, especially the most conservative ones, which start by dispatching all knowledge gained by human inquiry because it might get in the way of discernment. (It makes sense because it doesn’t make sense.)
One thing you should do in response to this post: Accuse me of “sour grapes,” because, as Andy Crouch has taught us, diverting attention from facts to abstractions is an easy way to sound spiritually wise.