In the midst of the unfolding of my story, I feel I need to pause and consider this topic: God’s sovereignty.
I am a believer in God’s sovereignty. I’m not sure where I stand now, as I am confused theologically, but when I was a pastor, I was a strong five-point Calvinist.
After my fall, I had lunch with another Calvinist who told me that our every movement, our every word is preordained by God. However, like a good Calvinist, he also held that all of us are depraved and responsible for our misdeeds.
Agreed. I am responsible for my sin. But since my fall from the lofty height of the pulpit, I must admit that my theology has suffered. Theology has become practical. Some of it can be discarded, I think. Because some of it is extremely impractical.
Here’s where the rubber meets the road for me: I violated the seventh commandment. It was my fault, all the way. But if I’m a good Calvinist, a good sovereigntist, I believe that God had it in His plan from the beginning to glorify Him for His glory. I have suffered great pain and horror in my fall because of it.
My fall, my sin, my fault. But His glory, His plan.
I don’t really matter. I’m just a former Virginia Southern Baptist pastor.
How about David? Would he have ever been the leader God wanted if he had not sinned with Bathsheba?
Never mind that for a moment, Christians. We call what he did “adultery.” Really? Really?
The man had 8 wives. And several concubines. And it was adultery? Come on. How does that fit into God’s sovereign plan.
You see, being a seminary trained individual, I know the answer. David’s actions were not prescribed. God “frowned” on David’s polygamy. The Bible doesn’t “prescribe” David’s actions, it merely “describes” David’s actions.
But we call David’s actions, “adultery”.8 + 1 .
We stand in the pulpit when we preach about David’s horror and we talk about morality and sin. You know who we never think of? Bathsheba. What did David do after his sin? He took Bathsheba for his own. He married her. He loved her as his own. He made her his wife.
How many sermons have you ever heard on Bathsheba?
Few ever consider that there was a real woman involved with real feelings. When stories break of unfaithful pastors, what do you ever hear of the woman they were involved with?
Better yet, what was God’s sovereign plan for Solomon to come into this world? It was through Bathsheba.
I’m not saying that God condones adultery. He doesn’t. He hates it. But you’d better know that He has a plan for all things since before time began. And we are not the judge of all things – He is.
Post edited 2/11/11 – thanks to a heads up from a Twitter friend . . .