This past Monday I caught wind of a cooky Southern preacher who preached about a plan to exterminate lesbians, queers and homosexuals. I hear a lot of chatter about this kind of thing so I hoped it would just go away.
By Tuesday night this North Carolina pastor was showing up all over Facebook and Twitter. By Wednesday morning he was the ‘most popular’ link on all of Yahoo! world homepage.
If you have not seen this video, be warned. It is in no way understated. Here is the link: NC Pastor
I have 3 main thoughts about this:
- I know tons of people who are not for ‘same sex marriage’ who would not speak of electric fences. Anytime you are suggesting some tactic that the Germans used in WWII you may want to take note.
- This is a different TYPE of Christianity – one that is the concerned with governing morals. We going to have to address why the church is even doing State sanctioned marriage in the first place. So often we try to have the second conversation without the first – no wonder it doesn’t go anywhere.
- My church and 50 others that I know of and communicate with on a regular basis do kind things and say loving words all the time and no one press covers it. That is the nature of the modern media. Deal with it.
Nothing thus far is that surprising – save the actual sermon by the NC Pastor. Here is my concern:
- At what point is some pastor so deep in the Constantinian compromise that he is more Roman than Christ-like? At some point do we say ‘that is not even Christian’ ?
- OR is this just one branch of Christianity and it is our obligation to treat this man as a brother who has simply lost his way?
- OR is this Preacher doing more harm than good and actually crippling the gospel message – and in that sense he is an enemy of our cause? And at that point, what do we do with Jesus’ admonition to love our enemy?
Admission: I have been re-reading Stuart Murray’s Post-Christendom and … while that is admittedly probably not the best idea … I have to admit that this whole ‘legislating civil unions and marriages’ thing in North Carolina could not come at a worse time for me.
For what it is worth, here is my 2 cents.
- This is not Christianity. Well, it might be Christendom but it is not whatever Jesus was after.
- This guy is my brother (in humanity even if not christianity) and has simply lost his way.
- Whether he is my crazy cousin or my enemy – Christ compels me to love and respect him as a person even as I wholly (and holy) disagree with his inhuman and immoral speech.
I’m not really sure what other course of action I have in this situation. I spent last week in the woods with no technology and unless I want to perpetually retreat away from all this ugliness, I have got to address this kind of craziness at some level. What else is there in the face of hate except to love?