All right “Pastor” Tom, you asked for it…. A Very Special Attie Awards.
After “Pastor” Tom ignored my invitation to meet for coffee, I resolved I wouldn’t bother anymore. I didn’t even want to give him an Attie, because, frankly, it’ was just too obvious.
But, I can’t help it anymore after his most recent rant on his blog about Obama and Atheists. I can’t handle this guy anymore and the disgrace he brings on the name of Jesus. His most recent rant is so contrary to Jesus, I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t be silent anymore because to do so would be unfaithful to my ordination vow to oppose false teachers. And, as Tom took me to task first in his blog, I feel like I can now answer him freely.
I’ll start with his idolatry.
Yes, “Pastor” Tom has committed idolatry. How? He has wrapped Jesus in the American flag. Look, I love my country. I really do. But because I love it, I’m painfully aware of its gross flaws. So, this isn’t an Anti-American rant. But when Christians insist on wrapping Jesus in the red, white and blue, all I see is them dancing naked before the Golden Calf, throwing their gold at it’s feet.
Even worse, when he slams atheists as the devil’s agents, it makes me angry. It’s not because I think atheists are right. It’s because they aren’t any worse of a sinner than you, Tom, or me. You have forgotten, “Pastor” Tom, the worst sin you can commit, that of spiritual pride, the sin of the Elder brother in Jesus’ story of the Prodigal Son. I know, Tom, because I used to be there, as I will share more tommorow. As CS Lewis’ charater Screwtape says in his toast at the Devil’s college, “Never do we tempt or have more success than at the foot of the altar”. Tom forgets that spiritual pride is at the root of all sin.
Here is a clue, “Pastor” Tom. America is not God’s country. There is no such thing. God has a Kingdom, not a country.
But worse than all of that, Your hate of atheists is CONTRARY to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your fear mongering that they might be gaining some sort of power (which is absurd, given their numbers in this country) does nothing to help any sort of conversation about God and the Gospel. I wonder, Tom, if you really want them to know Jesus or if you just want to win the argument?
I hope you come to your senses, Tom. I hope you understand the damage you are doing. I still stand by that I will meet you any time, anywhere for coffee with a promise to keep that conversation completely private, no blog reactions. Columbus is not that far from Cincy.
But until then, I have to do this. Congrats, you made me break my Monday Attie rule. Here is your Attie. You deserve it.
St. Thomas, release the hounds….