Robertson’s statement may be shocking, but it is only words and advocacy, and Robertson has no secular scope. Robertson should be rebutted in words. The actions of far too many of the mainline Protestant churches against Israel are actions. They are both advocating and pursuing disinvestment in companies that do business with Israel, on the grounds that the state of Israel is doing immoral things against the Palestinians. Well, this is not a valid Christian position either.
… they continue to feed the source of the current conflict, and instead of achieving peace they will end up fueling and justifying conflict, death, suffering and disease in the Palestinian population.
….Why have all too many of the mainline Protestant churches done this? I would submit that it is because of seeking approval from secular aspects of our society such as the university fools
…..The west must face the fact that our joint institutions, such as the UN, have become corrupted. Many of our internal political leaders in the US are batting around advocating factionalism and self-interest. Parts of our political system have clearly been systematically corrupted. Many of our churches are hardly speaking any real religious truths, and those that are doing so are being singled out for attack from the secular culture and churches that seem focused on secular goals. The genuinely humane voices of Europe that played such a huge part in setting up the UN have mostly been silenced in favor of a form of elitist isolationism. The secular humanist voices of the left have become elitist self-serving communities.
We live in times which challenge our own personal integrity and demand the most rigorous self-scrutiny if we are to avoid accidentally encouraging the unthinkable.
Maxed Out Mama further explored the whole issue at hand as raised by the Pat Robertson comment incident. It isn’t just Pat Robertson as a person, but it is the whole direction many different forms of Christian leadership have taken. A direction away from the commands of Christ and influeneced instead by their own forms of worldly wisdom.
I want to make clear that in no way do I despise Pat Robertson. He is a bona fide Christian in my estimation ( not that that counts for anything in the eternal, but there it is). He has, unfortunately, exemplified the excesses of many Christian-leader personalities. And Maxed Out Mama has drawn the connection of this to what we have seen the Mainline churches doing in toto.
This is the type of thing to which the whole fundamentalist movement has responded at its inception. I hope all that are convinced that Christians should participate in the public forum are paying attention to this. I hope they are not busy making excuses and saying “my leader right or wrong”. If we wish to make an impact we must assiduously check back with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Maintain our base. Is this not how we should live in all respects? But more particularly as lived out before a watching world? Shouldn’t our main concern be the welfare of souls…. and actions based within the confines of Christ’s example?
I don’t remember Christ advocating the assassination of anyone, not Herod or the Chief Priest….or anyone. I do remember the report that he healed the ear, that Peter in zeal, sliced from a Roman soldier.
I believe that God’s Word holds a balance. We can uphold the sword of the state, and we can pour in the oil and wine of mercy. As Christians, though, we must be careful of our zeal, to not misplace it through our own shortsighted vision.
I appreciate MoM’s addition to the dialogue. If you haven’t blogrolled her yet… what are you waiting for ? A voice from heaven?