Pat Robertson, the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a man who ran for president in 1988, said on Monday that the United States should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
You can read this article in The Washington Post if you want the details, but the details really don’t matter. There is simply no excuse for Robertson’s outlandish proposal. Christians, people who are like Christ, do not advocate assassination because Christ advocated exactly the opposite: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44).
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had it wrong when they believed they were supposed to love only their neighbors and hate their enemies, and Pat Robertson has it wrong in our day.
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Several hundred religious-minded political activists gathered at a Baptist Church in Nashville on Sunday for something called Justice Sunday II. A similar event was held in Louisville back in April. The goal of the movement, spearheaded by the Family Research Council, is to draw attention to the role, for good or bad, that the courts play in setting the moral agenda for America.
As a Christian, I find such events misguided. Sunday is the Lord’s Day, and our focus should be on worshiping Him. It’s not the time for a grassroots rally against the government, however right the reasons behind that rally may be.
I thought the same thing several years ago when, as a journalist, I attended the annual Christian Coalition conference and listened to supposedly spiritual people rant, occasionally in vulgar language, about then-President Clinton’s immoralities. I wanted to yank the beam of hypocrisy from their eyes, to rebuke them for condemning one man’s admittedly heinous sins even as they committed their own in the same breath.
Even so, events like Justice Sunday can be edifying for us Christians watching them from afar. Here are some of the lessons we can learn:
Spirituality is not a political endeavor. Just as the apostles at first did not understand that they were soldiering for a heavenly kingdom, too many people in this country focus their energy on fighting for the earthly kingdom we call the United States of America. But we are here to fight for souls — not for judges, or presidents, or congressmen, or even councilmen.
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