The romper room that has become the evangelical church continues to stray further away from the biblical mandates laid forth by the Lord and His apostles. Emerging church pope, Brian McLaren, and other emerging pastors throw scripture to the wind and enthusiastically support Barack Obama.
These evangelicals are not bucking tradition, they are bucking God’s Word. Taking the passage of scripture from Matthew 25, they are using the premise that, “as you have done to the least of these, you have done to me,” spoken by our Lord, and using it as a platform to support Barack Obama, despite the fact that Obama openly endorses homosexual marriage and abortion. How this could be approved by our Lord, I’ll never know.
Understanding that abortion and homosexuality have always been hot-button issues with Christian voters, Bart Campolo, emerging pastor, says in defense of his support for Obama that he is now “interested in a broader understanding of the teachings of Jesus and looking at candidates for office based on the broad spectrum of the whole Gospel.”
The broad spectrum of the whole Gospel? In what way does any of the Gospel support homosexuality or abortion? This statement made by Campolo rings hollow, as there is absolutely no defense in the Gospel for supporting such a candidate. What they don’t understand is that whoever we vote for, we are giving them our vote of confidence. We are saying that they are the candidate who better represents us and our voice as Americans. Christians can not biblically support such a candidate, not if they are using the Word of God and His holiness as our reference, much less perverting the Word of God and using it to do so.
The Matthew 25 Network is an alliance of evangelical ministers who have banded together to support Barack Obama. They are zealous for their cause, and are sending invitation to others to come aboard and follow their unGodly example. But not all are willing to jump on the Emerging Church bandwagon. “Heeding the challenge, James Dobson, a leading figure of the religious right, recently devoted the first six minutes of his “Focus on the Family” broadcast to warning his listeners against the “highly seductive” radio advertisements of Matthew 25.”
The pastors who joined the Matthew 25 Network are polarizing themselves against the conservative religious right. They are flooding Christian radio stations with advertisements endorsing Barack Obama, and asking for Christians to give him their vote.
The adverts are being funded by an organisation called the Matthew 25 Network, named after a biblical passage in which Christ promises redemption for those who care for the least and the lost.
Although not formally linked to Mr Obama’s campaign, the network is part of a concerted effort to prise off a chunk of a Christian vote that has long been regarded as the more or less exclusive preserve of Republican presidential candidates. Source.
What truly baffles me is that Christian radio station agree to play them. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Is it too much to ask that Christian radio stations show discernment and refuse to play these ads, standing strong upon God’s Word and His holiness?
What I see happening is Brian McLaren and other Emerging Church leaders are stepping forward onto the political and world stage, and are falsely representing themselves to the secular world as the pillars of true Christianity, while those of us who stand strong on God’s Word are being portrayed as intolerant fanatics. The polarization between the religious left and the religious right is growing daily, and to be honest, I’m not sorry to see that happen. We have nothing in common with things that God finds offensive. But, what we need to be prepared for is the fact that the world will see these false christians like McLaren as the picture of Christianity, while we are seen as religious bigots. The false god of Emerging Christianity will be, and is, the god the world embraces, while the God of the Bible is rejected and scorned.
WHAT WOULD YOU call a political action committee that takes its name from the Bible, runs ads on Christian radio stations, is made up of evangelical and Pentecostal Christians, makes sophisticated use of the Internet and supports Barack Obama for president?
Perhaps you’d call it “improbable,” “surprising” or even “impossible.” Others might describe it as “refreshing,” while still others might resort to terms like “deluded.”
Its creators call it the Matthew 25 Network. Source.
The more we stay silent, the more the secular world will believe that people like Brian McLaren and The Matthew 25 Network are the representatives of Christianity. We can’t let that happen. It’s time for Christians to stop sitting idly by while false preachers pervert the truth of God’s Word. Brian McLaren doesn’t speak for me or Christianity – and he certainly doesn’t speak for God!