Jerry Falwell Jr. continued his dead father’s legacy of unchristian behavior last week. The Falwell’s leave a legacy that lacks Christ’s ability to communicate Truth to a world in need. Both are failures as Christian leaders and do not represent the faith well. In fact, their words, and the words of others, are the language of frightened little Christians. Christians who have lost sight of our calling and God’s sovereignty. At times their words have spit upon the Great Commission.
While I fully support the second amendment, I do not support condoning it with the intent to murder. Falwell stated, “I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in, and killed them….I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course. Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”
What a horrible speech. He has every right to say it, but he will never have the opportunity to be in a relationship with a Muslim. Now the students in his “Liberty University" have no idea what liberty means. Hate speech should be permitted, but it should also be met against with Truth.
Dallas Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress stands on a platform with a moron like Donald Trump, another example of poor action from someone ‘seen’ as a Christian leader. So, guilt by association.
Make no mistake, these men are about being seen and heard. It sells books, tuition, and fills church pews. These men do not represent ‘faith in action’.
I treasure my relationships with friends who are Muslim. I have enjoyed much laughter and learned many of life’s lessons breaking bread with them. I would lay down my life for them as quickly as I would for a Christian friend. There is no difference in their value, both are equally loved by God. Both are created in His image.
We seem to think danger is now somehow elevated in the modern world – what a stupid thought. The world has always been, and will always be, a dangerous place.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12
Christ suffered unto death. The apostles took the gospel into the most dangerous regions and all but one paid for it with their lives. Why are we so frightened? It appears death or adversity are on the top of the minds of frightened little Christians.
God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
Kill Muslims? Turn people away for their faith? Monitor Mosques? Track Muslims in the U.S.? All of this spits on the Bible and another great document, The Constitution.
“Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
They come for the Christians next. Maybe you haven’t noticed, but we live in a post-Christian world that thinks we are crazy for believing in a risen Man-God. Post-Modernism sees no separation in the mindset of a Muslim from Christian. The new world would eradicate us all.
A dear Christian friend who is living in a Muslim county posted about building the Kingdom through the refugee crisis. She wrote of Syrian refugees, “I can't speak face to face with you American Christian. But if I ever have to come home, I would want to be in the messy thick of it - loving these people as my neighbors. It's out of the hard messy thick of it here that I share in love with you.” This is Christian leadership. Her statement was convicting to me as I analyzed this issue.
We have a responsibility to protect our families. We must make hard decisions about how we guard our borders and our homes. A sovereign nation has a right to defend itself and a homeowner the right to protect his loved ones. We can make entry onto our soil difficult and we may analyze those who want in. We however must not close our doors simply because someone looks different, or believes different. Each man and woman must be weighed and measured as individuals. This is hard and complicated, but it must be where we always start.
Jesus sits down with a Samaritan woman at a water well late in the day. His followers are alarmed that a Jewish man would sit not just with a woman, but a Samaritan woman. Here, Jesus shows us to bring Truth to those unlike us, and helps us realize how much they are just like us.
I want as many people possible in my life that think differently than I do – it increases my opportunities to share about the Truth, about Christ, and about life. I believe Jesus is the answer and if everyone in my life agrees with me, then there is no one to tell. Jesus never brushed his sandals off in pursuit of me - nor shall I in pursuit of others for His sake.
Grow a pair – and act like a real Christian. Lovingly fearless!