Again our nation suffers tragedy at the aim of a shooter and citizens shout for more gun control and others, like Pat Robertson, place blame of a senseless act on Atheism. This is what Pat Robertson has a habit of doing whenever we, as One American Family, suffers and grieves. May I please say that his view of God is not my God. When people suffer, Jesus rallies beside them to console them and cry with them. I suppose if I used Pat’s philosophy of placing blame on an entire group for the actions of one then I can place blame on him, the 700 Club, and countless other Christian agencies for the criminal act of the sexual violation of a teen girl by former mega church pastor, Jack Schaap. Or perhaps we can blame Pat for the hate mongering cult of Westboro Baptist Church who pickets funerals of fallen soldiers. But that just wouldn’t be intelligent or compassionate. He says we need to talk about the love of God, but the love of God does not falsely accuse.
When I look in the bible, I see Jesus publicly reprimanding the self righteous religious leaders of his day and forgiving the adulteresses, gluttons, and tax collectors while lounging together over a meal. Where are the Jesus-with-skin-on-folks who will blow the smoke away to reveal the truth of what these false leaders are doing?
Condemning innocent people for the act of one is not only ludicrous, but uneducated and lacking in spiritual discernment. Even worse is preaching hate with a God label on it. It is not the Atheists who are at fault for the crimes of individual criminals who force their own hate onto the lives of our fellow Americans. For far too long Christians have placed blame instead of learning to own up. They place the blame on actions, on people, on groups, and even on Satan. Yet, they fail to portray the very words of God which teaches us to confess our faults to one another and offer restitution where required.
“The truly free mind does not have to engage in this struggle between the inner space of personal feelings and the outer space of public expressions. It has evolved to the place where it has neither personal or public prejudices. It knows that ‘under the skin all people are kin’.”~Cecil Murray
There was a time when American put down their personal vendettas against one another and joined forces to defend our country from British rule, a time when Americans put aside their differences to support this nation as we all grieved together after 9/11, and now our nation suffers from two shooters in one month’s time and religious leaders further divide our Nation instead of uniting her.
“We are One American Family.”~President Obama
This religious competition these preachers have had for so long is nothing more than modern day Hatfields and McCoys backyard battle. When abusive religious leaders scattered the children of Israel, Jesus came to unite them in love. Today’s religious leaders seek to further conquer, divide, hoard, and bar up the kingdom for themselves and Jesus says as he did through Moses, “Let my people go!”
In 1992, Southern California suffered deeply when Rodney King was abused by officers, the very people who are supposed to protect us. Does the actions of a few officers get blamed on all officers, all government agencies, all firemen, all paramedic teams, and all white humans? NO! The officers needed to face their own music and be brought to justice. While citizens all over Los Angeles County broke out in utter chaos, a few humble churches of brothers and sisters of this ‘One American Family’ put down their differences and tirelessly volunteered to help bring peace back to the streets.
Just this last month, Anaheim suffered from more of the same type of chaos and did the citizens learn anything from the Rodney King tragedy? Of all the newspapers I read on the matter I found only one minister who was brave enough to call for peace among the gangs and their families and instead of committing crime he admonished them to get an education to become nurses, doctors, and lawyers.
A wise minister, of any religion, will be those who not only call for change, but also bring unity and peace. They were never intended to stop chaos, but rather to bring unity and peace amidst the chaos. We need more ministers (whether licensed or not) to use their platform to call for a unified approach to bringing peace and maturity to the world.
Christians have gotten a mixed message for many years about Jesus coming to bring division. The division is not to be between individual people, churches, or communities. The division was to be brought to each individual soul, to divide us from chaos and to nurture peace and love within.
So please know that Pat Robertson does not represent the God I know and love. He is not Christianity’s voice to the world. Jesus is. And Jesus calls us to love one another. God does not call us to manipulate and call it God’s love. God does not ask us to blame the masses for the actions of a few. God doesn’t operate that way in the New Covenant. Each person will answer for themselves. Pat even contradicts his own theology by blaming atheists instead of Adam, where the first blame began. Much of Christianity fails to see the absolute perfection of the resurrected Christ who conquered death and the grave. Fails to acknowledge that Adam brought a condition call sin and Jesus came to cover it entirely. This doesn’t mean that there are no consequences to our earthly actions (and inaction). It means we all can go boldly to the throne of grace and engage in reconciliation with God. Once we know our reconciliation with God, we can extend reconciliation among mankind.
The hope of the world is not found in condemning the world, it’s found in the fact that the whole world has been reconciled.
Acts 10: 26“But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” 27And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. 28And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.” ESV