Am I just going along to get along? Do I avoid taking a stand on this particular issue because it’s not important to me? Is it really that important to God? If it’s important to God, why am I avoiding it? Is it because of fear? These are questions I ask myself from time to time when a divisive topic arises in a discussion.
These are the times that try men’s souls. I believe that’s especially true of us who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. So part of the reason I sometimes check myself is because there’s so much pandering within the world of “Christianity” and “churchianity” that I want to make sure I’m not guilty of it.
Not only have I noticed this among “Christian” politicians of late, but I came across two articles today highlighting how two men who say they are Christians actually defend the actions of people who hate the God of the Bible, including (of course) the Son. In one article at ChristianToday.com, writer Ed Cyzewski (who boasts an M.Div.) wrote at length about how he thinks Islam is probably the most persecuted religion in America. He highlighted the treatment of Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed as if he were a poor, innocent victim and ignoring the fact the situation was all a hoax to garner sympathy. Cyzewski also accused American Christianity of starting the Ku Klux Klan (I guess he hasn’t read 1 John 3:15) and went on to say, “In fact, American Christians are far more likely to deny the rights of Muslims, such as opposing the construction of a mosque, than to be persecuted in a similar manner by their own government,”–completely ignoring what mosques are really about. Then he cites a liberal organization who fudged numbers about guns killing more people this year than cars when guns keep people safe. And to add to that insult, Cyzewski makes the baseless statement that “the most likely killer of a Christian in America will be another Christian with a gun.”
In another article today, the dean of the School of Religion at Morehouse College, Dr. F. Keith Slaughter, came out in defense of false teacher Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan denies Jesus is God and that he died for our sins, but this didn’t stop Slaughter from saying, “Farrakhan carefully handles the biblical text … generally with more integrity than the average Christian preacher.” What?! Seriously? Then he accuses “black” Christians who love “white” Christians as being sellouts who revert to “slave behavior,” implying they should welcome a con like Farrakhan into their churches to help the black community. How is Farrakhan’s path to hell supposed to help?
As I pondered these panderings from so-called Christians, I came up with four ponderings over why there’s so much pandering:
(1) They think pandering is showing God’s love. It comes back to that “we’re supposed to always be nice and accepting and not judge” false teaching.
(2) They are cowards. It’s always easier to give in to people for fear they won’t like you if you disagree with them.
(3) They seek the favor of God’s enemies. As Jude 16 says, “These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” They really want some personal advantage, so they hold God’s enemies in admiration–which brings me to
(4) Maybe they aren’t really saved. As James so eloquently stated in his not-so-nice but loving way, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Harry A. Gaylord