“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.”
I am not going to rehash the tragic events from the past weekend other than to say please pray for Gabrielle Giffords and all the others, for their healing and for their families.
I am going to talk about hateful words and the place for them in the Christians life.
For the record, words do cause unstable individuals to do terrible things. The murder of abortion doctors and the bombing of abortions clinics are a couple of examples. Words also cause “normal” individuals to horrific things. Hitler used words to instigate the slaughtering of over 6 million people. Gay individuals have been beaten and murdered and have committed suicide because of words. Thoughtless, and angry words are the matches that kindle the fires of hate.
Above is the map Sarah Palin’s (a Christian?) political action committee posted during the last election targeting those members of congress that voted for health care reform, Rep. Giffords was one of them. It is hard to tell whether or not this had anything to do with the horror of the weekend but it does bring up two questions. Should Christians endorse, embrace and/or even tolerate this vitriolic form of communication? Do we as evangelicals stand against it? Evidence says no!
Multitudes of Evangelicals follow and embrace the words of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Hanging on to their every word through television, radio and print media as if there were two new gospels. Some Christians form their entire worldview according to these false prophets. Thousands of believers flock after Sarah Palin and her folky, hockey mom blather as if she is the second coming of Jesus and will rescue America from the baby killers and “homosexaul agenda”. Yet these three, plus a contingency of others from FOX News do nothing to foster peace and unity and harmony that Christians are called to strive for.
The world sees us as narrow-minded, bigoted, hateful and angry republican, tea partiers, and they miss the message of Jesus. We as Christians have done great damage the Gospel. We have presented to the world another gospel. It is time to repent and seek to be the peacemakers that God has called us to be. Stop supporting proprietor’s of hate, stop condemning, start loving. For this is what we are called to do.