Christianity’s Achilles Heel: Televangelists
While toiling away the weekend discovering the new universe of software installers (no, not InstallShield – Microsoft seems to be getting behind something called "Wix"), my ear caught something of interest on the TV about a recent meeting of evangelical Christian broadcasters in the United States. The reporter covered a number of perspectives with a variety of attendants – and some of the revelations were shocking. The views they expressed included:
- the prophecies of the book of Revelation were reflected in recent world crises and "the end is near",
- George Bush is doing "God’s work",
- Isreal is invincible,
- Abortion is always wrong – under all circumstances,
- Homosexuality is wrong and those who suggest it’s invoked as a matter of choice vs. being "born that way" are lying and thus repeating falsehoods brought forth by Satan, and
- war with Iran is inevitable and will likely start Armageddon.
The implied conclusion would also be that Armageddon will involve two groups: Islam and Christianity, with the latter being the inevitiably victorious party.
I admit, I’m a "believer". A Christian – one who follows Christ’s teachings and tries (mostly unsuccessfully) to apply them in my everyday life. But it pains me that such lunacy forms the core idelogy of a broadcast empire that spans the globe, according to members of this same group, thus reaching hundreds of millions of people. I see it as an instrument – not of God’s word – but of spawning conflict and doing those very things every prophet of God has railed against since the dawn of mankind. Lost amidst the pretentious chastisement of homosexuality and mouthing of sanctimonious claims of how God still loves you even if you’re gay was the obvious fact that it’s exactly these atittudes that prevent Christianity from making any headway in the population. In fact, it might just take Armageddon at this point to convince anyone God is real, thanks to the hopelessly self-indulgent nature of Christianity’s evangelical arm.
What these people need is a good theological crisis to bring them around. There’s a preconcieved notion of what God is in this group, and no other view is regarded with anything but disdain. If you don’t believe what is narrowly interpreted as "Biblical truth", then you’re simply not qualified to be accepted into Heaven – accpted by God, or his Church.
It wouldn’t be such a big deal, except – again – it’s this group that’s broadcasting this nonsense all over the world and its doing Christianity a big disservice, as time will ultimately show. It’s such crap, I gotta say I’m feeling a little sympathetic to those outside the U.S. who see this stuff and want to wipe this uniformly pro-Israel, star-spangled God from the face of the Earth. But hopefully, it doesn’t come to that. A big step forward would be those professing a "calling" to do His work to take a step back and rethink just how sure they are they know what that word is first. And maybe think too on what the consequences might be of getting it wrong.