Thursday, December 09, 2010

Anatomy of a politician

The anatomy of a pastor-politician, that is. I am compiling a list but the ideas here are not original to me, some ideas are from the missus.

  • The approach is sociological, rather than theological.
  • Counselling is psychological rather than doctrinal.
  • Accomodates everyone, opposses no one.
  • Takes the cue from the Synod not from Scripture or the Confessions.
  • Theology is only incidental not intentional.
  • Keeps the gate of status quo.
  • Vague conviction.
  • Sits in between.
  • When challenged to back up his statements with Scripture he asks you if you know Greek. [BM]
  • Unity is based on compromise [GJ]
  • The Vicar of Bray [MH]

If you have something to add let me know.

Seriously, the prophetic pastor who calls you to repent and believe the Gospel is really your friend.

6 comments:

Brett Meyer said...

When challenged to back up his statements with Scripture he asks you if you know Greek.

LPC said...

BM,

Thank you, can not help but LOL at this irrelevant retort.

LPC

Pr Mark Henderson said...

Is a weather vane - and has been around a long time, as this 18th century English song demonstrates...

The Vicar of Bray

In good King Charles's golden days,
When Loyalty no harm meant;
A Furious High-Church man I was,
And so I gain'd Preferment.
Unto my Flock I daily Preach'd,
Kings are by God appointed,
And Damn'd are those who dare resist,
Or touch the Lord's Anointed.

Chorus
And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

When Royal James possest the crown,
And popery grew in fashion;
The Penal Law I houted down,
And read the Declaration:
The Church of Rome I found would fit
Full well my Constitution,
And I had been a Jesuit,
But for the Revolution.
And this is Law, &c.

When William our Deliverer came,
To heal the Nation's Grievance,
I turn'd the Cat in Pan again,
And swore to him Allegiance:
Old Principles I did revoke,
Set conscience at a distance,
Passive Obedience is a Joke,
A Jest is non-resistance.
And this is Law, &c.

When Royal Ann became our Queen,
Then Church of England's Glory,
Another face of things was seen,
And I became a Tory:
Occasional Conformists base
I Damn'd, and Moderation,
And thought the Church in danger was,
From such Prevarication.
And this is Law, &c.

When George in Pudding time came o'er,
And Moderate Men looked big, Sir,
My Principles I chang'd once more,
And so became a Whig, Sir.
And thus Preferment I procur'd,
From our Faith's great Defender,
And almost every day abjur'd
The Pope, and the Pretender.
And this is Law, &c.

The Illustrious House of Hannover,
And Protestant succession,
To these I lustily will swear,
Whilst they can keep possession:
For in my Faith, and Loyalty,
I never once will faulter,
But George, my lawful king shall be,
Except the Times shou'd alter.
And this is Law, &c.

LPC said...

Pr. Mark...

Haha LOL. Talking about job security - be the littke pope on the prairie.

The chorus is so lovely...

And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

Gregory L. Jackson said...

Doctrine is divisive, so all doctrinal discussions should be avoided. Unity is based on compromise and avoiding issues, rather than dealing with problems. An open debate would destroy the congregation or sect. Money and DNA determine doctrinal outcomes. The Golden Rule is "Whoever has the gold makes the rules." Blood is thicker than doctrine, so a connected heretic is preferred over a faithful nobody.

LPC said...

Pr. GJ,

Well done on the insight Unity is based on compromise and avoiding issues

How true.

LPC