Sad to say, leftwing evangelicals have a history of acting like tools for bloodthirsty dictatorships too. Michelle A. Vu of the Christian Post is reporting on a new move by non-representative Christian leaders to (wait for it) meet North Korea on their talk-therapy grounds. She types:
An array of evangelical leaders, including megachurch pastors and college presidents, are not only supporting the Obama administration’s push to reduce nuclear weapons, but are calling for the U.S. government to exert even more effort to negotiate with hard-to-deal-with rogue states.
Supporters of the Matthew 5 Project are urging the Obama administration and members of Congress to engage in negotiations with Iran and North Korea – two countries that the United States has no direct diplomatic relations with. Both countries, however, are suspected of building nuclear weapons, and – given their history of erratic behaviors – may use the weapons once they obtain them.
Similarly, megachurch pastor Rick Warren thinks the United States should talk to North Korea.
“I am not a politician. I am a pastor,” said Warren after North Korea’s missile tests in July 2006. “But I do know that in any conflict – whether in a marriage, in business or between nations – as long as the parties keep talking, there is hope. My plea to everyone involved in this diplomatic process is to please, keep talking.”
So Jesus was in the wrong for giving His enemies the silent treatment? To the best of my knowledge, Warren isn’t jumping on the latest appease-the-enemy bandwagon, but he isn’t retracting his laughably unbiblical statements either. The truth? As a forensic Protestant, I know the Bible praises silence in many cases, from the New Testament’s excommunication policies to the Old Testament’s just war theories. And I don’t recall prophets promoting talk-therapy campaigns for wolves.
From a theological perspective, there’s no way a Bible-first pastor would promote appeasement through the Neville Chamberlain art of talk-therapy. Why? Because Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” He never said, “Blessed are the pretend peacemakers.” May I also remind the Religious Left that Jesus told the prostitute to sin no more, not the Centurion. What’s more, he praised Rome’s supposed warmonger as a great man of faith.
Does Pastor Warren remember WWII? In “Team America,” Hollywood’s stuck-up stars are so spiritually invested in their talk-therapy powers that they lose perspective. I just wish Warren was with me when the communist Red Koreans were launching long-range ballistic missiles over my head in Japan.
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