Some people are confused as to why certain Christians are supporting certain presidential candidates. They say that certain candidates’ values and positions are at odds with Christianity. Such observations might be true but I’d argue that the state of American Christian leadership over the past twenty years has become so bad that no one should be surprised with what is happening.
I’m done with a lot that passes for Christianity in America. It has essentially become meaningless thanks to Christian leaders who have increasingly abandoned the Gospel in favor of the latest heresy and nonsense that leftists tell them they must accept.
I could recount many examples of left-wing, so-called Christian leaders making bad decisions and spreading wrong beliefs. But if you’re at BarbWire reading this you’re likely already familiar with such examples. Instead, let’s look at people who bear the title of conservative, so-called Christian leaders. Let’s look at their decisions and the beliefs they’ve spread and then you’ll understand why I’m not surprised with any decisions that Christians in general make—including who they back for president.
Remember how Rick Warren was Obama’s buddy in 2008? Even back then Obama had a record of being mentored by communists, of being a huge advocate for slaughtering babies, and of being a God-hating black supremacist pastored by the vile Jeremiah Wright. Yet Warren didn’t allow any of this to keep him from preaching to America that Obama was his “friend” and that Obama cared “deeply about America” and was a “patriot.” Only after he helped make Obama a legitimate candidate (and thus propelled him into the presidency) did Warren offer any indication that he realized just how evil Obama is.
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So if Warren and other Christian leaders decided to approve of Obama in 2008 (and if many Christian leaders still insist that Obama is a Christian despite all the proof to the contrary) why would anyone be surprised that Christians now support whichever presidential candidate they choose to support?
And then there was a piece National Review Online ran in 2014. This one struck close to home for me.
NRO asked various people, including Christians, what they thought of the decision to go into Iraq in 2003. The answers vary but there is more than one Christian who condemned it. Read the first response in particular and note where the self-righteous ass says, “Shame is the proper response to the judgment that we’ve done something wrong, not just to getting caught.”
No, I won’t be ashamed of the Iraq War. I will however hate—yes, hate (read the Bible)—all the Democratic Party which sided against the U.S. in Iraq. I’ll also hate those people—including professing Christians—who said nothing as that betrayal occurred yet now tell us to be ashamed of the war.
I’m a veteran of the Iraq War. I was in Baghdad from 2009-2010. And while I didn’t do anything spectacular—no heroics or fighting whatsoever—I could have been wounded or killed. And had that occurred, that would have been partially a result of the traitors who helped bring about restrictive rules of engagement even as they gave aid and comfort to the enemy.
Yet Christian leaders have decided it is okay to condemn America for the war even as they decided to say nothing while traitors helped kill American troops and defeat the U.S. This is the outrageous decision that some American Christian leaders have made and the outrageous beliefs that they have spread. So why would anyone be surprised by any decision any professing Christian makes any longer? Nonsensical, illogical, and outright wrong decisions and beliefs are what American Christian leaders preach.
One of the most recent examples of why I’m no longer surprised by the decisions that Christians make is John Piper. Piper is an American Christian leader who wrote a piece in December that advocated for pacifism and maybe other things.
I say “maybe other things” because I don’t know the entirety of what he wrote in, “Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?” And the reason I don’t know the entirety of what he wrote is because I refused to read it all after I read this:
8. A natural instinct is to boil this issue down to the question, ‘Can I shoot my wife’s assailant?’
My answer is sevenfold.
Once someone drifts into the madness that has him providing a “sevenfold” answer to the question of if it is okay for a man to protect his wife, I don’t have much time to spare on him.
Yet while I wasn’t in the mood for a full dose of madness I was in the mood for some, and so I read parts of Piper’s garbage, including where he “would be very slow to condemn a person who chose differently from me.” Really? He’d be slow to condemn someone who didn’t stand by and watch his wife or daughter be raped and slaughtered? How gracious of him!
Piper perfectly represents the state of modern American Christian leadership: full of terrible beliefs, teachings, and decision-making.
So it’s no wonder some Christians now back the “wrong”* candidate for president. In fact, I find it rather surprising that others are surprised by what’s happening.
* Note: I understand many people (including Christians) have different and often complex reasons for why they are supporting the candidate they choose to support. So I’m not saying anyone has actually chosen the wrong candidate. I’m simply using some Christians’ bewilderment over who other Christians are backing to make a larger point on the state of American Christianity. As for me, I’m not supporting or opposing anyone for president. I’ve essentially moved on from arguing over elected office and government. That’s why I’m now focusing on writing and promoting my fiction.
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