John Shuck asked an honest question. In the comment section on his posting Paul Thompson and The Jersey Girls he wrote:
“I do find it interesting that this question [about the collapse of the towers on 9-11] could put me over the edge into kookdum when saying that I don't believe Jesus rose from the dead apparently doesn't.
Which sin is worse?
In my 20 or so years of ministry, I could pretty much say whatever I wanted about Jesus and would ruffle a feather here and there.
But when I make claims about the U.S.'s imperial activities ... it is blasphemy.”
Well, of course the sin of denying the resurrection is sin. But the sin of saying whatever you please about Jesus Christ and then claiming to be a Christian minister is, well, Paul the apostle would call it beastly. And like Paul, the great theologian Karl Barth would call John a wolf since he named those troubled with the words of the Apostle’s Creed in just such a manner:
“This inveighing against so-called 'orthodoxy' is just a 'wolf's snarl', which an educated man should have nothing to do with.”
There are so many hurting, needy and yes, kooky people that need Jesus Christ and his redeeming love. Jesus asks and answers some questions about the needs of people. In one place in the scriptures he likens God’s love to that of a parent who would not give bad things to their child.
“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish, he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If then, being evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:12-13)
But the Church? Are we inviting the needy and hurting to hear about the cross of Jesus Christ. Or are we inviting them to set and listen to those who have no good news, who do not love our Lord Jesus Christ, who deny his gift to us.
John’s question should be answered by the whole church, even his Presbytery. Kookiness is nothing, Jesus is everything.
And it isn't just John and his careless disregard for his vows. John says his comments about Jesus have only ruffled a few feathers. It's all of us who don’t care about the little ones. May the Holy Spirit blow against us with such mighty power and persistence that all feathers are trembling. And may there be holy fear, concern and repentance in abundance.
May many souls enter the Kingdom of our Lord to his glory: