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God as Political Operative

 


Exhibit One: First the Russians and now God



 

-From an Anonymous Facebook post


...Maybe God is trying to tell us something important--that now is not the time for a "nice Christian guy" or a "gentleman" or a typical Republican powder puff. Maybe now is the time for a natural born killer, a ruthless fighter, a warrior. Because right about now we need a miracle, or America is finished. Maybe the rules of gentlemen don't apply here. Maybe a gentleman and "all-around nice Christian" would lead us to slaughter.


...I guess you think God is only nice and gentlemanly. Really? Then you've missed the whole point of the Bible. When necessary, God is pretty tough. When necessary, God strikes with pain, death and destruction. When necessary, God inflicts vengeance.


...Maybe you think God couldn't possibly be associated with someone like Trump. Trump is too vicious, rude and crude.


When we won WWII, was God "nice?" Were we gentlemanly when defeating Hitler? Were we gentlemanly when firebombing Germany? Were we gentlemanly when dropping atomic bombs on Japan? Is God ever "nice" on the battlefield? Or does he send us vicious SOBs like General George S. Patton so the good guys can defeat evil?


It's pretty clear to me God sends unique people to be "war leaders." That's a different role than a pastor or church leader. God understands that.



 

Exhibit Two: The Southern Baptist Convention Enemy


   


-From the WIKI


James David (J.D.) Greear (born May 1, 1973) is the Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina (a position he has held since January 2002) and the 62nd President of the Southern Baptist Convention [from June 2018] Before coming to work at The Summit he worked with the International Mission Board. He entered the Ph.D. program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999, graduating in 2003 with a doctorate in Philosophy, concentrating primarily on Christian and Islamic theology. He preceded this degree by graduating from Word of Life Bible Institute and then receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Campbell University. Greear comes from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
 

Under Pastor J.D.’s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of over 10,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for many years running.



 

Exhibit Three: The War



 

-From Capstone Report


Why did the SBC president J. D. Greear share a stage with a known anti-Semite?


Greear condemns, shuns Paige Patterson, but warmly talks with anti-Israel Imam.


[…] The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) should meet in emergency session to address this issue: Why did SBC president J.D. Greear share a stage with a known anti-Semite? And should he be censured for doing so?


[…]   Copeland wrote, “Liberation theology has become the driving force behind Christian Anti-Zionism, inspiring the BDS movement within the mainline Protestant denominations, and making dangerous inroads among evangelical Christians.”


[…] Specifically, Greear will share a stage with a radical anti-Israel Imam, but shuns Paige Patterson.


Greear warned SBC churches from platforming Patterson. And he made the statement against Patterson to a secular newspaper.


[…] Apparently, Greear thinks Patterson’s sins are worse than being an anti-Semite.


Or, maybe Greear is more concerned with being politically correct.


[…]  “I’m not trying to just be politically correct; I do understand that for an American Christian, particularly a white Christian, that there is still a heritage and a place of privilege that I would have in this culture,” Greear said.


[…]  Send a message: The SBC won’t tolerate this type of double standard, Woke nonsense. Send a message that Southern Baptists stand with Israel.



 

Museum notes:


Imam Omar Suleiman (born 1986) is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker. He is the Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is currently the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and the Co-Chair Emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith coalition of clergy for peace and justice.


   -From the Wiki


Paige Patterson was removed from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018 because of his handling of rape and abuse allegations. In the SWBTS own words: “ New information confirmed this morning was presented regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student during Dr. Paige Patterson’s presidency at another institution and resulting issues connected with statements to the Board of Trustees that are inconsistent with SWBTS’s biblically informed core values.”


    -The Museum



 
 

Exhibit Four: The Decline of the SBC



 

As noted, (by Hanther) the Southern Baptist Convention, like most Religious Institutions in the United States has had a declining membership. Let’s look at the Numbers:


At the High-Water Mark in 2005 they had 16,600,000 members. (Sounds like they rounded this off when you look at the other reported numbers). In 2008 it was 16,228,438; In 2012 it was 15,872,404; In 2016 it was 15,216, 978. Greear took over in June of 2018 and at the end of that year it was 14,813,234. And in his first full year the 2019 number was 14,525,575. That’s a steady decline of just over 13% in 14 years, basically 1% per year. Was 2019 a “bad” year? Well, it was 2%, the highest ever, but there had been other “bad” years before him. 2006 -1.8%, 2014 -1.6%, 2015 -1.4% and 2017 -1.3%. The Presidency is voted on each year, we’ll see what the Convention thinks about him in 2021.


And it should also be noted that the Convention is just that, not a Church in itself, but a convention of the churches that make up the SBC. How responsible is the head of that convention for the declining number in individual churches convention wide? The Church he leads is growing, bucking the trend. Is the declining rate of people who identify themselves as Republicans the fault of the Chairman of the Republican National Committee? (How many of us can even name that individual?) According to Gallup overall church membership in the United States has decline about 12% in that same time frame. The Museum senses a trend.


But as a wrap up, we can only say that the Museum loves Religious Wars. We are talking some real Blood and Guts History now. 



 

At The Exit:



The Heritage Foundation has a voter fraud site.


It is worth looking at: www.heritage.org/voterfraud


Yes, that is almost 1300 proven cases in around 20 years of national, state and local elections


Add up all those cast votes and divide by 1300.


The Museum will let you do the math, and remember this is both Democrats and Republicans.

Unkwil

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Uncle Willie loves to have feedback from both readers who appreciate his point of view as well as from misguided souls who disagree.