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Monday, December 06, 2004

Which Christianity Do You Believe In?

Christianity: Version One represented by Rev. Jerry Falwell

Falwell's comment came on "CNN Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer" in a debate with Baptist minister Jesse Jackson, who called the Iraq war "a misadventure" that isolated the United States politically and cost the country lives, money and "our character."

Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchnurg, Va., responded: "I'd rather be killing them over there than fighting them over here, Jesse. And I think you would. ..."

"Let's stop the killing and choose peace," Jackson responded. "Let's choose negotiation over confrontation."

"Well, I'm for that too," Falwell added. "But you've got to kill the terrorists before the killing stops. And I'm for the president to chase them all over the world. If it takes 10 years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord."

"Blow them all away in the name of the Lord". Is that an actual quote from scripture, Jerry? Was that the part right after "Blessed are the meek" part of the Beatitudes?

Read it:

Christianity: Version Two represented by the United Church of Christ

The recent rejection of a controversial United Church of Christ (UCC) ad by two major television networks has spurred widespread disapproval from Christian moderate and liberal denominational communicators nationwide.

The contested ad is a 30-second feature that expresses the all-inclusive mentality of the liberal UCC. In the ad, there are two bouncers standing before a picturesque church, halting people from entering behind the velvet ropes. The bouncers, clad in dark sunglasses and black clothing, reject a homosexual couple, two black children and a Hispanic girl. However, they let down the ropes to let a well-dressed white family in. A black screen with the words, “The words, “Jesus didn’t turn people away ... Neither do we” appear, as a voice reads, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

Pretty radical stuff. I mean, we can let anybody into church nowadays, can we?

The UCC ad was banned by both CBS and NBC on November 30 – a day before the ad’s scheduled airing. In their statement to the UCC, both CBS and NBC noted the ad was “too controversial.”

The CBS further explained that the ad’s reference to homosexuals in a time of debate over a federal marriage amendment is too sensitive an issue to air.

Which version most accurately represents Christianity today? If we base our judgement on who gets more airtime in the media, it would seem Falwell does. What criteria should be used to evaluate Christianity today? You be the judge!

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