“I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation…There is only one God and his name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words.. Listen to me, If you don’t love America, If you don’t like the way we do things I have one thing to say – GET OUT. We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God’s son Jesus Christ.”
Apparently, the good Reverend believes that we live in a Christian Theocracy? If Rev. Terry wants to believe that, ok, this is America, but there are mountains of real facts and evidence that prove that America was not founded as a Christian nation.
But that aside, it is not the job of the Christian to make or keep the nation “Christian”. The Gospel does not call us to that.
Reverend Terry’s comments were spoken this week around the same time Kirk Cameron was defending his comments on Piers Morgan, stating that “Christians love everyone…even our enemies”. I am assuming everyone except Liberals, and Buddhists, and Muslims, and people from the LGBT community that Rev. Terry (and Mr.Cameron previously) demonized. Those people, according to the above quote are supposed to GET OUT of this mythical christian nation.That does not sound very loving to me.
Of course Kirk Cameron was concerned that his Christianity was being attacked when he had push back from LGBT organizations and others for his comments that basically said the being gay is destroying America. If that is what he erroneously believes, ok, this is America and you can believe or not believe whatever you want, but please don’t whine when the people you attack, attack back. and by the way, what a person believes about being gay or marriage equality has nothing to do with being a Christian.
This little window into the fundamentalist world shows what is happening in the fundamentalist wing of Christianity on a much broader scale. The Gospel has been reduced to the rescuing of America, what party you support, what views you hold on social issues such as gay rights and abortion. And since Rick Santorum has become the Political Prophet of the far right, he is garnering much support from many fundamentalist/evangelicals.
With the reduction of the Gospel message into a political plank, fundamentalists have in essence destroyed the real message of the Gospel. They have turned multitudes away from the God who loves unconditionally in Jesus.
May God have mercy on us.