Posted on | December 30, 2011 | 27 Comments
Bryan Fischer. . .ah, yes, back in April, when the stench of his writing reached me in Bagram, Afghanistan.
When we pick a president, we are in fact choosing a minister of God
. . .if we allow the Scriptures to speak for themselves, we are in fact choosing a minister when we select a president. No less than three times in Romans 13, Paul uses words that emphasize the sacredness of public service.
The one who serves in public office is “God’s servant” and the “servant of God” (v. 4), and statesmen are “ministers of God” (v. 6).
The word translated “servant” in v. 4 is the Greek word “diakonos,” which elsewhere is translated “deacon,” referring to one of the divinely ordained offices in the church. Another form of this word, “diakonia,” is frequently translated “ministry.”
So if in fact we allow the Scriptures to be our guide, then public service is a form of ministry. One who holds public office is serving in a divinely ordained role, just as much as a pastor in the pulpit. The role of a statesman is every bit as sacred as that of a clergyman.
So, churches have Deacons, and that word could be translated into Minister, as in Prime Minister. Thus, because some countries have Prime Ministers, all public offices are like Deacons or something. So, whenever we vote, we’re somehow, unbeknownst to the person on the ticket, turning them into a Deacon.
I think I can perform a conceptually similar trick, and connect the character of Fischer’s exegesis with a random graph of earthquake data I found here.
What sort of person performs such tortuous feats of mental gymnastics with scripture?
Fischer, you really deserve to be ignored. The United States is not a theocracy. Presidents are not ministers. How many Presidents would seriously meet the ministry qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy 3? Fischer, if you were any further out to lunch, you’d be sitting in Westboro Baptist Church, listening to the equally risible Fred Phelps.
Update: linked at Daily Pundit, who thinks Phelps is evil. No, I won’t defend Phelps, though I’m not sure his evil has any special magnitude about it.