The phrase, “Let’s go Brandon,” came from a reporter misunderstanding a crowd shouting an X-rated insult of President Biden. It violates Christian love.
During a recent conference at John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, attendees began to repeatedly shout it out in unison. For church attendees to shout “Let’s go Brandon,” is to throw out God’s love and embrace the spirit of antichrist.
John Hagee has liked to preach about the antichrist. Now his church is demonstrating the antichrist attitude. This illustrates how difficult it is for the one-man-sermon church model to produce humility and godly character.
Pharisees weren’t fair. They self-righteously believed they were correct so they abused people and had Jesus crucified. They still exist. Many pastors who dogmatically preached submission to their authority, now (ignoring Romans 13) preach rebellion against government.
For decades I’ve wanted to see church attendees shout out praise to Jesus together and compassionately minister to one another. Instead they’re choosing to shout a vulgar, hate phrase.
Christian politics is an oxymoron. History shows that politics has never been very Christ-like.
Satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of world history. Jesus turned him down. Politics works though coercion; Jesus works through love.
Jesus said: “By their fruit you shall recognize them.” People who lack the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22) aren’t Christ-followers. Jesus said that He will separate the sheep (those who show His love) from the goats (those who hype Him like a show).
It’s easy to follow our human emotions, desires, and opinions. It’s costly to obey the living Jesus instead and love our enemies.
When a church emphasizes politics, it turns away from the invisible kingdom of God and embraces an earthly kingdom. Truth and feeling aren’t synonyms. Fact and opinion aren’t either.
Hate and love
Change people’s heart.
How’s your heart?
Praise to Jesus Christ our Beloved and Good Shepherd! And love and blessings to all the saints, the Israel of God, and may God have mercy on the multitudes. And God will deal with wolves in sheep’s clothing who do hurt the sheep of His flock. (Ez. 34).
I would say my understanding of Romans 13 is still developing. I am pretty clear at this point that the glossing-over it usually receives is inadequate. (Not saying this to be critical, I totally agree there is nothing honoring to Jesus in the crass demonstration you are writing about and it ought to be called out. It is just that your offhand reference to Romans 13 caught my eye.) Here is a listening exercise from my journal early in my journey into that deep well: https://missionarysojourn.com/2016/11/05/authority-some-rightful-some-usurped/
I do clearly understand where the proper government of myself lies:
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9)