John Piper needs to learn about “re-incarnation”.
Earlier this week when we were watching the unfolding tragedy in Oklahoma, Piper responded by tweeting out a verse from the book of Job.
It came across as insensitive and harsh…because it was.
It wasn’t intentionally so, but it was anyway.
If you don’t understand that in a tragedy people need comfort before doctrine, your words will not be heard above the weeping…and you are a poor theologian, indeed.
Steve Brown put it best many years ago when He said that God didn’t send us a book, He sent us His son…He didn’t just write us about suffering and death, He came to suffer and die with us and for us.
We call His coming “the Incarnation”.
“Re-incarnation” occurs when those who have His Spirit inside them come alongside those who are suffering and suffer with and for them.
The biblical response isn’t to offer some of the Book, it’s to offer some of yourself.
We are “ambassadors of Christ” and the message we carry from the King has never changed.
In a fallen world the greatest leap of faith is not to believe in God, but to believe that He is good and that He cares.
He is and He does…even when things are really, really, bad.
That’s what the weeping need to hear.
You may be the one to bring that message…you may be the “re-incarnation” of the One who came and suffered in person.
You may have to communicate without words to be heard.
When the time for weeping has passed, make sure they have a Bible.
Make your own application.