The past few days have witnessed highly publicized accounts of men who are linked to the “Christian Right” acting in ways that are neither Christian nor right. In many ways I would be classified as a part of the Christian Right (I am not always comfortable with that designation). As such it is important to express my opposition to the following occurrences.
- Abortion doctor, George Tiller, is shot and killed while attending church in Wichita, Kansas.
- Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, California says on television that he prayed for the abortion doctor to be killed and also prays for President Obama to be killed.
- Ken Pagano, pastor of New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky schedules an “Open Carry Church Service.” For this service attendees are encouraged to bring their guns to church and the church will raffle off a new gun to a lucky winner.
Abortion Doctor Killed
I am very pro-life when it comes to the abortion issue. The work of this Wichita doctor was horrific and deadly. I believe that he was committing murder when he performed his third trimester abortions. However, it is the government that has the responsibility to execute judgment. Individuals cannot administer their own form of capital punishment.
For he (rulers and authorities) is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Praying for Government Authorities
Wiley Drake seems to have forgotten Paul’s instructions to Timothy,
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…
— 1 Timothy 2:1-2
I am disappointed with some of the directions and policies of President Obama. But he is my president. I pray for him…not against him. Certainly not that he would be killed. Remember that Paul wrote his instructions to Timothy when they were subject to the Roman Caesar. If they prayed this way for Caesar, how much more should we for President Obama?
One Baptist leader provided the best quote in response to Drake’s ramblings,
Wiley Drake is far out of the mainstream; in fact he’s in a drainage ditch somewhere.
— Richard Land
Guns and Church
I do not own a gun. I am not anti-gun. I know that it is a constitutional discussion. But a gospel thing?
Ken Pagano justified the special church service with these words,
Without a deep-seated belief in God and firearms, this country would not be here.
— Ken Pagano
He then muses about the constitution. Ken Pagano has forgotten that the church is to be gospel driven not America driven. He has also forgotten that the marching orders or directions for the church are from the Bible and not from the Constitution.
I am a proud American. I have served as a protector and defender of the Constitution. But this kind of thinking by a pastor comes from the same drainage ditch as Wiley Drake’s. In the end, none of these actions are Christian nor Right.
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