A little after 4:00 AM Thursday morning Benjamin Curell hacked his way into the local Planned Parenthood in Bloomington, Indiana. He caused thousands of dollars in damage by smashing windows and chopping up computers and other items with an ax and throwing red paint on walls and doors. When arrested in the lobby of the building he said he did it because they kill and murder babies and also because of his religious convictions. He is a deacon at Clearnote Church in Bloomington. His church responded today with this…
STATEMENT REGARDING THE ARREST OF BENJAMIN CURELL
Yesterday morning the pastors and elders of Clearnote Church learned that Ben Curell, a deacon of the church, had been arrested for vandalizing Planned Parenthood. No one in the church knew about his plans. We are convinced Ben’s actions were not justifiable civil disobedience. The elders and pastors have met with Ben and admonished him.
Throughout history faithful Christians have confessed that from conception children bear the image of God. Therefore, we at Clearnote Church have encouraged and will continue to encourage Christians to peacefully and lawfully witness against the great evil of abortion.
We have counseled Ben to repent and submit to the civil authority that God has placed over us for our good. This authority reflects and points to the judgment of God before Whom we all one day must give an account.
Released Friday, April 12, 2013
In other words, “it’s not our fault Deacon Ben went off the deep end.”
So here are my thoughts and my questions.
It is no surprise that most Christians either oppose abortion outright, or take a dim view of the procedure. And even with those Christians that would claim to be pro-choice most would like to see the number of abortions reduced through more comprehensive sex education, and better access to contraception. And the majority in all camps would be opposed to blowing up or chopping up clinics. But how we address this issue is critical. And it boils down to words.
Here is a link to the Clearnote pastor’s (and his brother’s) blog http://baylyblog.com/blog/2013/03/baby-slaughter-and-speaking-truth-love . What I want to you notice are the words the pastor uses in referring to abortion and the people who provide/or support the service. And this is just one issue. If you look through the rest of the blog there are many words used to vilify others. But there is a problem with that approach. (And let me just state that Clearnote Church is only one of many churches, radio, and television programs that use the following technique)
If a church leader(s) consistently demonize organizations or a particular people groups, and on top of that link them to destruction of “Christian America” , I have a hard time understanding why those leaders are surprised when one of their own decides to be the hand of God in bringing judgement and destruction to a building or to a person’s life.
Let me ask you Pastor, when you decide to call someone a baby killer, murderer, evil, vile, godless, enemy of God, or a sodomite, an abomination, or faggot, and on top of that tell your people those sinners are anti-American, anti Christian, bent on destroying the family, corrupting your children, and the causing of God’s judgement through terrorist attack or natural disaster, how would you logically expect individuals in your congregation to react?
In Love and Grace?
I would surmise that the reaction of your people would be closer to revulsion, (unrighteous) anger, hatred and fear of others. And in some cases striking out with violence. So in reality, the destruction wrought by Benjamin Curell toward Planned Parenthood was the harvest of bitter fruit planted in his heart and fertilized by words of anger, and hatred.