This election cycle was one of the horrific in memory within the Evangelical church. No doubt should now remain as to why the Bible uses the metaphor of sheep when talking about followers of Jesus. So many Evangelical/Fundamentalists lost their God-given common sense in their passion to drive President Obama from office, so they followed after rumors and myths they heard preached from their pulpits. Scare tactics, misinformation, and outright lies abounded. Here are a few I heard.
“If the President is re-elected he will end religious freedom in America,
if Obama is re-elected he will turn America into a socialist country,
President Obama is a secret Muslim, or not born in America.”
These are just a few, but evangelicals /fundamentalists had been at the forefront in perpetuating these lies, and they had no problem doing it. During this same time they railed against marriage equality, and abortion as abominations against God. But here is the problem. Either they had forgotten, or had chosen to ignore that according to the Bible they claim to follow, false witness and a lying tongue are an abomination in the sight of God. Even our local Christian radio station WDCX, several times a week, broadcast these lies, and even allowed someone on a call in show to allude that the President may be the anti-christ. Hypocrisy was the mark of the Christian this election season.
And we all should be ashamed.
And we should repent.
And we should tell the American public we are sorry for showing them a gun-toting, flag waving, white jesus that hates Muslims, women, the poor, and people in the LGBT community.
We should do this…but we won’t.
Even with the election over there are those that continue to stoke of fire of fear among the faithful, except now they are saying that God is going to judge America for re-electing the President. One example will suffice.
Franklin Graham believes that the re-election of the President will move the country “further along the path of destruction” and that God may bring an economic collapse in order to bring the country back to God.
let me offer a suggestion as to what might bring people to God.
First, lets stop making the elimination of abortion and bashing gay people part of the Gospel message.
Secondly, lets stop identifying God and Jesus with the Republican or, for that matter, any political party.
Thirdly, lets stop sitting on our sanctified asses and actually get out into the world and make a difference in people’s lives. Not by just delivering a turkey to a poor shut-in on Thanksgiving Day, but encouraging the churches we attend to “adopt” a needy family for a year and minister to their needs, whatever their needs may be without expecting anything in return.
Finally, stop identifying people by their sin, See them as a unique person created in the image of God and just reach out and love them without strings, and without condition.
It is what Jesus did for us, and it is what we are called to do. it is the Gospel.