According to the Facebook newsfeed, there was an issue last week regarding NBC’s Al Roker and the Ryan Lochte situation. Apparently, some people at NBC are upset over Roker’s direct (and true) statements about Lochte being a liar (because, he is). Now, I don’t know how much of an issue this really is, and, to quote Dennis Miller, “I don’t mean to go off on a rant here, but”…
Ours is a society that is completely off the rails. Some people (who clearly need to get out more and are likely off their meds) are upset that Gabby Douglas didn’t put her hand to her heart at a medal ceremony. Lochte and his pals are called “kids” and their behavior is largely excused. And when someone like Roker stands up and tries to hold people to a higher standard, Roker seems to be the one on the outs.
This same behavior is tolerated in the church. The church has been warned again, and again, and again about what Jesus and Paul both call, “wolves”- false teachers who are simply out to devour anyone and anything on their path to vain conceit and selfish ambition. Not a week passes that I do not hear of yet another so-called leader who is on a rampage.
To the churches that allow these wolves to reign free without accountability, Paul has something to say to you:
“You think you are so wise, but you enjoy putting up with fools. You put up with it when someone enslaves you, takes everything you have, takes advantage of you, takes control of everything, and slaps you in the face”- 2 Corinthians 11:19-20.
In short- western culture is a pale reflection of itself. The fall is coming and TS Eliot is correct- it is with a whimper and not a bang. And, christendom (NOT the church- the gates of hell will not prevail against her) is also on its way out.
To the failure of both, I raise my cup of Starbucks and bid you a fond farewell.