Ok…we as Christians (read evangelical or fundamental Christians) continue to do considerable damage to the Gospel of Christ. Whether it be our “Things go better with Christ” Coca Cola logo tea shirt ripoff, Fred Phelps and his band of crazy “God hates the world and so do we” protestors, or even Benny Hinn charging admission to his “miracle” crusades in poverty-stricken African countries with the false promises of healing and wealth, we just don’t seem to get it. But we don’t get it. We continue to out do each other with stupidity and ignorance. And, of course one my favorite drums to beat is how mixing politics and Christianity is toxic because after all is said and done the Gospel becomes something perverted from its orginal intent. Case in point the video above exalting the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Sung in a church and to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. What a sinful perversion of the message of Christ.
Next up… Governor Robert Bentley and his not well thought though comment that, while he said he spoke as a private citizen, had repercussions throughout the country. He said, ”Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”
As a public servant, his responsibility is to all of those living in Alabama. And while his comment was not meant to offend, it did offend. Yes, I agree that there is a special relationship that is suppose to exist between those who claim the name of Jesus as their Savior. But all people are special creations of God with talent, abilities and gifts given to them by God. Therefore they should not be marginalized or made to feel like they are marginalized. And on top of that Jesus Himself called us as believers to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, to love our enemies, to do good to all people. The Governor should have proclaimed that message and sought to build bridges of understanding rather than burning them.
Two examples to answer the question “why do so many Americans run from the Gospel?” Unfortunately, we are not proclaiming to true Gospel of love, forgiveness and grace found in Jesus.