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September 11, 2010

Jerry Falwell's Christianity

Nine years ago today, people lost the ones they loved most. Married mothers were suddenly faced with raising their children alone. Brothers lost beloved sisters. Husbands were forced to sleep that night without their wives, not yet knowing if they were still alive. America looked on in shock as news networks reported the loss of the World Trade Center towers, of the devastation to the Pentagon, and of the brave souls who brought a fourth plane violently to the ground in a Pennsylvania field.

And what do we Christians say to provide comfort for this terrible event?

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"  -Jerry Falwell

I am speechless.

Falwell said he believes the ACLU and other organizations "which have attempted to secularize America, have removed our nation from its relationship with Christ on which it was founded." 

Let me just say here that this nation was not founded on any "relationship with Christ," or Christian principles at all. It was founded on the idea of freedom to pursue, or avoid, any religion. That means if you want to build a mosque, or not pray in school, you should be able to do so. Thomas Jefferson even created his own edited version of the Bible. Obviously we have a skewed and romanticized perception of how our nation was founded . The foundation certainly was not Christianity as we know it.

"I therefore believe that that created an environment which possibly has caused God to lift the veil of protection which has allowed no one to attack America on our soil since 1812," he said. 

What about Pearl Harbor, Mr. Falwell? December 7, 1941? And what of the genocides currently occurring in Darfur, Sudan? Did God also lift his "veil of protection" from them?

I believe if Christians wish to call themselves Christians-Christ followers-they should stop playing the blame game and start standing up to injustice. 9/11 happened, but it makes no logical sense to directly correlate it to the actions of lesbians in America. I'm yet to hear of a lesbian wounding another in the name of God, so let's stop bashing their heads with Bibles. Seek first the Kingdom of God - not everyone who chooses to not be involved with it.

In memory of the ones who lost their loved ones in the terrible attacks on 9/11, may God bring you peace.

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