What brought that up? How about this:
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, visited Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace today to discuss her new book, “The Daniel Prayer,” and once again urged Americans to turn to God in order to avoid divine wrath caused by things like church-state separation and the theory of evolution.
Lotz told Deace she was praying that “some of this craziness would settle down” in a nation that “seems to be shaking its fist in God’s face and telling him to get out of our politics, get out of our schools, get out of our businesses, get out of our marketplace, get off the streets” and is “basically abandoning God as a culture and as a nation.”
When we abandon God, she said, “the Bible says God abandons us and He backs away and takes His hand of favor, blessing, His hand of protection away from us and He abandons us.”
You are now going to ask about the meme at the head of this post. What does biblical marriage have to do with Anne Graham Lotz’s comments on church-state separation and biological evolution? Nothing much. It has more to do with her comments about what the Bible says. She’s telling listeners what the Bible says. She says bad things will happen to us “When we abandon God.”
Does the Bible really say this? Will bad things happen to us when (if) we “abandon God?” Suppose the Bible does say this. Are we to accept everything that is in the Bible? Are we suppose to accept that bad things will happen to us if we “abandon God?” Can we safely ignore the Bible’s injunctions on this matter? Apparently not. Anne Graham Lotz tells us we must not ignore it.
And now it becomes clear. What Anne Graham Lotz is saying is we should pay attention, and we should adhere to biblical injunctions. But especially we should pay attention to those injunctions sanctioned by Anne Graham Lotz. Because, that’s the way religion works.
We have in the Bible a formula for managing out lives, handed down to us through the ages from persons far wiser than those presently treading the face of this planet. Only, it’s a wisdom filtered through a modern sieve. We have people living in the modern world, formed by modern thought, and instructing us about how to live our lives. And they have the authority of the Bible. They have the authority of the Bible, strained through a filter of their on construction. It now becomes not the authority of the Bible but the authority of Anne Graham Lotz. It becomes the authority of Anne Graham Lotz and a myriad others needing to impress their mindset on the rest.
I’m writing this at my desk in my home. On the shelf above the computer there is a book. This book contains thousands of words, and I can take these words and arrange them in any number of ways, and I can instruct you as to how you should live your life. And this book is my authority, and it cannot be denied. Millions of copies of this book have been printed, and copies are available in all the better libraries. This book has authority. Of course this book is a dictionary. Of course the Bible is such a book. It just needs somebody to tell us what it means.
Somebody like Anne Graham Lotz.
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.