I really don’t want to go into too much politics here, nor is it my intent to stir up any controversy, but Christians have to get over the fact that if one believes on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, one will always be controversial if one lives their faith “out loud”.
Case in point the recent grilling by Bernie Sanders of Russell Vought, who is Donald Trump’s pick for Office of Management and Budget.
Last year, Wheaton College’s Political Science prof caused a ruckus by wearing a hajib in ‘solidarity’ of Muslims because in her view, she believed Muslims and Christians worship the same God. As a Christian and an Alum of Wheaton, Mr. Vaught wrote an article about the statement of the two completely different beliefs between Islam and Christianity. It seems that a year later, he’s caused more of a ruckus with those bastions of freedom- the ACLU and Bernie Sanders who’ve used the article, and Vought’s Christianity as an excuse for denying his appointment.
It seems that they take exception to the part of the article where Vought suggests “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned. In John 8:19, “Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” In Luke 10:16, Jesus says, “The one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” And in John 3:18, Jesus says, “Whoever believes in [the Son] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.””
Notice how he didn’t say that Muslims are deficient, he said their theology is. Now, the ACLU and others are accusing Mr. Vought of racism(? How and since when was Islam a race? ) and Islamophobia for his views.
The only thing is, they are not his views. They are the views of Jesus Christ who is explicit when he says, “ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
There are countless ways in which Jesus showed and claimed His being equal with God, so much so that the religious leaders of his day knew exactly what he was saying and comparing himself as God, that they were ready multiple times to stone him.
My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” At this, the Jews again picked up stones to stone Him.…
So, does the fact that Christians who take Jesus’ Word seriously and believe on Him as our Lord and savior make us or Him intolerant? And would Jesus care? Should we? And as for saying “care” I mean is Jesus concerned with political correctness of the United States? Is he concerned about liberal progressives who like to believe that God is whatever you believe in, that there are many paths, and that anyone who claims an exclusive path is an intolerant phobic? Is He concerned for people’s temporary tolerances or for their eternal souls?
These people don’t take issue with Christians because of their faith; they take issue with Christians because of Jesus. (Ever notice no one has a problem talking about god, because god can be whoever they think, believe or make him to be. But once the Name of Jesus is mentioned, all other gods are just that, and His Name carries Authority they want nothing to do with).
Sanders said during the hearing, “In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world,” said Sanders. “This country, since its inception, has struggled, sometimes with great pain, to overcome discrimination of all forms … we must not go backwards.”
Yes- in your view Mr. Sanders, you see not Mr. Vought or any other Bible believer but Jesus Christ as discriminatory because He is the One who paid for mine, Mr. Vought’s, yours, ACLU members, and millions of Muslims’ sins on the cross. The difference is however, that people like me, Mr. Vought and millions of Christians around the world have received His gift and sacrifice. Muslims have not. Many millions of others of different ideologies, faiths, beliefs have not. They know the ‘story’, but they don’t accept it, or Him. That’s not us condemning them, and it’s not even really Jesus condemning them- its unbelievers condemning themselves. And Mr. Vought reminded people of that- but let me repeat the same verse he used in his article, and pay close attention to what Jesus says-
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.…
After a few times answering “gotchya” questions about his faith with “I am a Christian”, Sanders turned up the heat and shouted at Vought “I understand you are a Christian, but this country [is] made of people who are not just — I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”
Vought’s answer was plain enough, “Thank you for probing on that question. As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs. I believe that as a Christian that’s how I should treat all individuals…“
But that wasn’t good enough for Bernie who argued, “…Do you think that’s respectful of other religions? I would simply say, Mr. Chairman that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”
“Not someone who this country is supposed to be about”? Really? Someone who exercises their freedom to believe and speak and think is what? Mr. Sanders, you and the progressive leftists have turned this country into a place that is unrecognizable to millions of us who believe the same, yet are called haters because of it.
It’s funny in a pitiful way that while Christians around the world are being beaten, imprisoned and hacked to death for the same belief I and millions of Americans have, it’s those who practice other ideologies and religions who are doing the beating, imprisonment and hacking. Name me one Bible believing Christian who is doing the same thing here in America or anywhere else in the world- and still you people call us intolerant, hateful, bigoted and phobic.
You call Bible believing Christians phobics- which means fear. Christians do not fear Muslims or feminists or the GLBT community or any other pet of the progressive leftists. We care about all, not just for this life, but for eternity, and don’t want to see anyone lost and apart from their Creator.
You might think the word ‘deficiency’ is an intolerable, bigoted word, but it simply means it’s lacking. And what Muslims and all who don’t believe in Jesus are lacking is the blessed assurance of salvation because they refuse to take what has already been so freely given by Him!
One last thing. Until Christians are awarded our citizenship in heaven by our Lord and Savior, we are still citizens of the United States of America. We have the right to believe, speak and think. Those rights are given by God- not you- no matter how much you’d love to take that away.
I have friends who I miss like crazy out there somewhere still fighting for people’s God given freedoms. I thank Him for them, and pray for their safety.