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Ignoring the Christian’s Greatest Power

August 31st, 2005 Visited 953 times, 1 so far today

Cal Thomas gets it right in his latest article, and it’s a message that he’s been saying for years. His point is that we need to be making a difference in people’s lives and following after Christ. He’s writing against Pat Robertson’s statement earlier in regards to his desire to see a world leader assassinated:

Too many Christians think if they shout loud enough and gain political strength the world will be improved. That is a false doctrine. I have never seen anyone “converted” to a Christian’s point of view (and those views are not uniform) through political power. I have frequently seen someone’s views changed after they have experienced true conversion and then live by different standards and live for goals beyond which political party controls the government.

Repeatedly in the Scriptures, which TV ministers regularly and selectively quote, are teachings, admonitions and commands that are antithetical to the high-octane rhetoric spanning the ideological and theological spectrum — from Pat Robertson to Jesse Jackson.

Here is a partial list: God’s strength is made perfect in human weakness;
humble yourself and God will exalt you; he who would be a leader among you must first be your servant; love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you; pray in secret, not publicly; give to the poor; God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; the last place at the table; the widow’s mite (the message is that she gave all she had, not great wealth); the mustard seed (about the smallest amount of genuine faith); the washing of feet (as demonstrated by Jesus).

This is right on. Thomas advises the following to get these “leaders” back in check:

If people who bear the label “Christian” want to reduce these
embarrassments, which interfere with the proclamation and the hearing of “true religion,” they should refrain from sending money to TV preachers and contribute more to their local church.

Local giving not only would allow the giver to better monitor how the money is spent, but also, if the pastor occasionally says something he should not have said, the embarrassment will remain within the walls and not be a rhetorical shot heard around the world.

Pat Robertson eventually apologized for his remarks about assassinating Hugo Chavez. His penance should be to retire and to take his bombastic conservative and liberal colleagues with him.

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  • Leticia says on: September 1, 2005 at 1:09 pm

     

    Hello Min, I recently had posted something similar about this whole ordeal, although, I was supporting Pat Robertson, or rather standing up for him.

    I was watching The 700 Club when he apologized for being misconstrued and things were taken out of text. I have the link on his apology as well as the article he was commenting on regarding Hugo Chavez, where everything went chaotic. He spoke out of emotion and was sincerely apologetic. We have all done that, though. I know I have.

    I support him and the 700 Club. He made one error in judgment and the mainstream media came down hard on him, they were merciless. I would like to see them focus on the good as well. The 700 Club has done so many wonderful charitable acts through the club and Operation Blessing, yet no one seems to remember that.
    I am just happy it’s over.

    What we need to do now is ban together and pray for the survivors of Katrina.

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