Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Who can understand the mind of a terrorist--especially one who has decided that his terrorism is a favor to God? Some terrorists bomb and behead. Those are the ones we hear most about. But there are other terrorists who seek to destroy reputations, who are masters of cut-and-paste gossip, who major in minors -- and who think they're doing God a huge favor. They're going to save the church. Save the brotherhood. Save the Christian university. So they shoot poisonous e-mails. They create websites. They castigate and warn. They sign petitions. They rally the forces. They undermine reputations. The Pastoral Epistles (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) have some interesting thoughts on measuring such people. Those thoughts center on "healthy teaching" (translated "sound doctrine" in older versions), which is gospel-formed teaching that produces gospel-formed lives. With such people, it can be enlightening to learn from their children and grandchildren what life at home was like. Instead of "healthy teaching," it is often a kind of teaching that "spreads like gangrene" (2 Tim. 2:17). Often their kids had to suffer under their explosive anger, their hypocrisy, and their twisted thinking. The amazing thing is that fairly reasonable people listen to them! Sometimes, they'll listen over a cup of coffee and come away saying, "You know, he seems like a nice guy." Everyone is a nice guy over a cup of coffee! (Especially if you bought the coffee.) Spiritual terrorists need to be muffled and ignored. They need to be prayed for. But they cannot help chart the future course of kingdom-minded churches and universities!

4 Comments:

  • Did you ever nail this! Exactly!

    By Blogger Jim Shelton, at 5/17/2004 05:48:00 PM  

  • Hey Mike,

    AMEN! I really enjoy your blog! I heard you speak at the Landmark Church in Montgomery, AL a few months ago. Thanks for blogging, brother! EdHarrell.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 5/20/2004 08:07:00 PM  

  • Mike (I feel odd for addressing you by your first name, y'know)--

    Doing some research on some c of C historical information, I've run across more than a few of these spritual terrorists and remembered this post.

    I realize I don't really know you, but I think I've got a decent idea of your heart. Reading the articles and sites I've stumbled across made me hurt not only on behalf of those attacked, but on behalf of the writers. It seems so often, they were criticizing you (and others) for loving too much, and not adhering enough to the "rules."

    I really don't know how to say any of this well. You already know you can't love "too much." I'm sorry that these things have been said, written and publicized, slandering you and other Christians. But I also appreciate your example in continuing to love, continuing to serve, continuing to grow and to help others do the same.

    By Blogger Q, at 6/10/2004 08:17:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    You wrote: Everyone is a nice guy over a cup of coffee! (Especially if you bought the coffee.)

    So true, brother. Isn't it interesting that (some) NT meetings were dinner meetings of sorts? "When you come together..."

    Peace, Z.A. House Church Network

    By Blogger Zane, at 4/27/2005 01:16:00 AM  

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