Here are some statements that I have heard lately that really concern me. Some of them about left me speechless which is hard to do. (Just ask my wife)
“We need to be good stewards and be concerned about the environment. But we have to remember that ultimately the Lord is coming back and he’s going to destroy it all any way.”
“I think that dropping the bomb on Hiroshima actually saved a lot of lives” When I mentioned that the United States was the only country to ever use a nuclear bomb.
“The Bible is full of wars” Used in the context of defending the war in Iraq
“More people die of cold than the heat. So if global warming is really happening. I think it would be a good thing.”
When asked if Jesus would torture terrorists – “He wouldn’t. He would just kill them”
These are just a few that stuck in my mind. There have been plenty of others that I just can’t recall.
The problem for me is that all of these statements have come out of the mouths of fellow believers that I know and respect. People that I know love God deeply, and try to love their neighbor as themselves.
I am finding my self increasingly at odds with many of the believers I am in contact with on a daily basis. I’ve been told I sound “un-American”. I have been lambasted for daring to question if the American brand of capitalism is the most biblical economic system., or questioning if Wal-Mart is a good company.
- Has anyone else had similar interactions?
- Do you have any concerning statements to add?
- Does anyone else notice an increasing polarization among believers?
- If so what do you see as the root cause of this polarization?