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I’m Really, Really Tired of Certain Preachers

MiKe Huckabee - Caricature

MiKe Huckabee - Caricature

After my post earlier today, I discovered that one more thing needed to be said. Instead of updating the earlier post, or putting it into the comments there, it deserves a new post all its own. Those uninterested in theology can skip this post and go on to something else.

That one more thing? Theologically speaking, Mike Huckabee is off his rocker.

On Fox News yesterday, he offered this gem of pastoral wisdom and insight (h/t TPM for the video):

We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability — that we’re not just going to have be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before, you know, a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.

Let me see if I’m following this right . . . If only we’d had more prayer in school, this wouldn’t have happened? If only teachers would preach fire and brimstone, this wouldn’t have happened? If schools make God scary enough, then people would be too frightened to kill one another?

<head meets pulpit>

If this is what certain preachers are saying, God help the church.

Folks, right here you see the Big Difference between the fundamentalist politically conservative churches like Huckabee’s and the more mainstream churches like mine. Huckabee preaches of a threatening God who inspires by fear and threats — behave, or else! I and my more moderate to liberal colleagues, on the other hand, preach of a God who looks to inspire humanity by offering forgiveness and love.

Perhaps the Reverend Governor’s Bible is missing Luke 22 and the story of Jesus’ arrest:

While [Jesus] was still speaking [to his disciples], suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?’ When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, ‘Lord, should we strike with the sword?’ Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!’

What? No smiting of Judas? No calling down thunder and lightning on the temple police and the priests? Where’s the accountability? Where’s the concern for responsibility? What kind of wimpy, squishy, feel-good Jesus is this, that says “put away your damn weapons” to his followers and his foes alike?

I’ll tell you what kind: my kind. He’s certainly not Mike Huckabee’s.

And it pisses me off when people confuse his God with mine.

Caricature by DonkeyHotey licensed under Creative Commons

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I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect.

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