Last week I mentioned a blog post written by Bryan Fischer over at the American Family Association’s affiliate Rightly Concerned. He has posted a response as to why his original post on Native Americans was taken down. Apparently it received so much vitriol that he didn’t want it to effect the mission of AFA. He didn’t rescind any of what he said, in fact he continues to hold to the idea that we need to see that what Europeans did to the Native Americans was a good thing so that we don’t think badly of America’s founding and settling. He feels it is important to defend America’s actions because the president is always running around the world apologizing for all the evil we do and gosh darn it we are better than everyone else!
he also stated that his posts are his feelings and not that of AFA. But in reality a cursory reading of AFA material will confirm they and Bryan Fischer are on the same page.
Other Christian sites and individuals share many of the same ideological thoughts and although they claim not to hate anyone, they go out of their way to condemn a myriad of individuals. Here are a few others that parrot the same rhetoric. Yes, I am naming names….
American Research Counsel
Focus on the Family
American Center of Law and Justice
Pat Robertson….and others to numerous to mention
They, along with Jerry Falwell before them took the message of the Gospel and inserted politics, and a “culture war” mentality, driving a wedge between the church and the world. Thus creating an us vs. them mentality, and closing the door to many the opportunity of sharing the Gospel of reconciliation.
Today quite a few evangelicals cannot relate to the “sinner” because their heads have been filled with disgust, anger and fear as this false message mixing politics/culture war/religion trickles down to the pews across america. We have vilified people.
Back to Bryan Fischer for a moment. His concern about how the we and the world view america has overshadowed loving all people, and thinking of them as better than ourselves. His concern about saving America, as with all the others I have mentioned completely disrespect people from virtually every walk of life (except white, conservative evangelicals). If you doubt my words look at their websites, read their thoughts, watch them on Youtube and try for a moment putting yourselves in the shoes of the other and ask yourself how they would feel reading/listening to their verbal vomit. Would it draw them to the only ONE that can give them what they truly seek and need?
These “religious” leaders and organizations are wolves in sheep’s clothing, they are cracked cisterns, they are whitewashed tombs full of dead mens bones, they are a brood of vipers…
Why do I sound angry? Because the message of Jesus has been transformed into something that no longer resembles the real thing. We are to be reflections of the love of Christ to the world, We are to be ministers of reconciliation, we are to embody the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, self-control. We are to love others as we love ourselves, to put others in a higher place and to honor and respect them. We have The Message the no one else has but we trade it for a flag, and a political party, and turn true freedom in Christ into a moral mandate for non-believers that we ourselves cannot keep.
I weep tonight.