Thursday, August 25, 2005

More on Pat Robertson's Fatwa

It seems that Pat Robertson has again caused more damage to the Christian cause. His calling for the "assassination" of Hugo Chavez of Venezuala (he later recanted and said he was misquoted, though if he really meant "kidnap" instead of "assassinate" there are a gazillion ways to better make that distinction) has caused liberal reporters and Muslim clerics to equate Christians with radical Islam.

In his latest column Marvin Olasky says it right:
Hugo Chavez is an evil tyrant, but so were many Roman emperors -- and Paul told Romans to "bless those who persecute you. ... Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all." Last time I looked, "assassin" was not on the general list of honorable callings. Wartime is different, but last time I looked, we weren't at war with Venezuela.

God is the God of history. He raises up leaders and strikes them down. The Christian goal is to follow biblical principles, including "just war" ones, and not to create new orders. Christians who are careless bring dishonor to God's name by making many believe there is no difference between the pre-eminent religion of peace and the many religions of violence.

Olasky pointed out that many in the media seem to treat Robertson as the Prostestant Pope. Well, he's not. He speaks for himself and I wish he would shut up. He's embarrassing. Whether he's calling for assassinations or slandering Tinky Winky as a homosexual, he gives the media what they want and presents a very unflattering stereotype for evangelical Christians.

Pat...move to the mountains and remain silent.


At 6:25 AM, Blogger Steve Forman said...

Amen to everything you have written.

I often hesitate to use the term "Christian" when I refer to my faith in Jesus. The term puts a label on us which has the world equating us with people like Robertson, and others like Falwell, Swaggart, etc.

My faith is not based on anything those people have said, but on the influence of the Holy Spirit to the Word of God.

I just bought a t-shirt. It says, "Dude, it's not about religion" on the front. On the back, it says, It's about relationship."

If more of us could remember that, we might not have to spend so much time appologizing for our so-called leaders.

At 6:49 AM, Blogger Talon said...

I need to get that shirt!


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