Saturday, August 09, 2014

Ann Coulter and Narcissism of American Christianity

I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered. 

What was the point? 

Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan's Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America's premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.) 

But serving the needy in some deadbeat town in Texas wouldn't have been "heroic." We wouldn't hear all the superlatives about Dr. Brantly's "unusual drive to help the less fortunate" or his membership in the "Gold Humanism Honor Society." Leaving his family behind in Texas to help the poor 6,000 miles away -- that's the ticket.
Today's Christians are aces at sacrifice, amazing at serving others, but strangely timid for people who have been given eternal life. They need to buck up, serve their own country, and remind themselves every day of Christ's words: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you."

There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.

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~Ann Coulter

Very interesting. I'm not a fan of her's and I know she's not a Christian (I think she's RCC), but she makes some salient points--a few that I myself have also thought about..mainly about the narcissism of Christianity and the social justice/liberation theology most have. They think humanitarian efforts (of which Oprah  is the queen) is a sign of spirituality. They think a silent witness while building a house or dumping dolls and soccer balls upon poor people will make them feel good, even like Jesus, but they leave out the singular issue: preaching the biblical Gospel about the biblical Jesus. They think that they must entice the wicked in order to "earn the right to be heard" and then they never say a thing. 

Many times we've been approached to give money to a young person who wants to "serve" in another country for short-term missions. I won't give anymore because I believe that what they really want, generally speaking, is a free vacation and then try to justify it as a mission by slapping on some religious activity and have me pay for it. Folks, if you aren't already evangelizing in your own city why do you think God would call you to evangelize in another country suddenly? He expects us to do the work here first. Moreover if you really are sharing the biblical Gospel, you won't be applauded by those whom you are speaking to---you'll be rejected. That's a promise. Moreover is that persecution will come your way as we see repeatedly in the book of Acts.

I had a family member do this with a baseball evangelist outreach one summer and when my husband asked what they did to preach the Gospel personally with the other teams, someone remarked "every pitch he throws is sharing Jesus!". SAY WHAT? The Gospel is PREACHED, it is not silent. People must "hear" the Gospel. It isn't something you can "see" (which reminds me that I also had a friend who told me their pastor mimed the Gospel one Easter and I was taken aback--you can't mime the Gospel!) People rather work "good" works than PREACH the Gospel to the lost. The wicked world is happy to feed the poor and build houses for the homeless (how can they afford the taxes and upkeep on that is beyond me). Who can reject a free house, free medical care, or free meals? But tell them of their wickedness before a HOLY HOLY HOLY God? Now that's totally offensive and they won't dare to that!

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