I never thought the day would come, but I have found a ‘unicorn’ which I guess I had assumed did not exist because, in my 40+ years in the Christian church, Christian pop culture, and general Christian book store musings, web sites, books, magazines, podcasts, etc., I have never seen. BUT IT EXISTS. And this proves that maybe…
Atheists aren’t 100% insane.
Atheists all the time be telling me how Christians are bigots and angry and full of hate and blah blah blah.
You’ve heard them.
And for YEARS I’ve just assumed that they were off their meds. After having been to many churches and watched/listen to podcasts from MANY churches for many years, I’ve never heard the kind of nonsense that these guys think is the Evangelical Norm. Since I was a small child, every teaching pastor I’ve ever heard has said, “Love the SINNER, hate the SIN,” in much the same way you would say “Love Uncle Dave, Hate his pancreatic cancer.” It is not the science of rockets.
So for years I’ve been confused by these atheists who are CONSTANTLY telling me that Christians are hateful bigots and what not. It’s like hearing people explain why they think Big Foot exists. Apparently they know a guy whose cousin once saw a blurry 8mm film of a pastor teaching why we should hate sinners, and now Atheists are seeing one behind every tree. I figured it was some drunk hippie in a monkey suit playing a prank on people…
Then I found THIS (Caution- Strong and Inappropriate Language in this video):
THIS is Pastor Steven Anderson. He is the hateful, angry, ranting Baptist preacher your atheists friends on social media warned you about. At first you will think this is a Saturday Night Live skit. At first, you will NOT believe your eyes and ears. But once you have seen enough of this guy, you will realize that he is not a comedy sketch – He’s the REAL THING.
At the beginning of this montage, Pastor Steven explains that homosexuals are NOT welcome in his church- and again, I warn you that he uses all of the inappropriate language that he is allowed to use- and also that he likes to give mean nicknames to people because he thinks it makes him look cool, and there’s that one guy in the front row who laughs when he does it… It’s like a 4th grade, playground bully whose mother never loved him became a Baptist preacher so he could LITERALLY Bully from a Literal Bully Pulpit.
BUT! You may be asking- “Doesn’t he preach the GOSPEL?” And to that I say, “Uh, I donno.”
Like, he SAYS Gospely things, but then he also teaches that God hates sinners and we should hate sinners and there are some sinner who CAN’T be saved and a bunch of other things which makes me say, “What translation is he reading?”
It’s the KJV. It’s the KJV or you’re going to hell (apparently). He teaches that too.
But it hit me recently as I was pondering this: Pastor Anderson here is doing what Old Earth Creationists do- he’s pretending the Bible DOESN’T mean what it ACTUALLY says.
For example, in Exodus 20, God says: “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.”
And Old Earth Creationists read that and say, “God didn’t MEAN six days. He MEANT 13.7 billions years in six somewhat overlapping epochs. Or Seven.”
Similarly, Pastor Anderson here reads: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
And he says, “Jesus didn’t MEAN God LOVES the WORLD. He MEANT that he loves fundamentalist Baptists who read the KJV and he HATES Catholics, Homosexuals, Calvinists, Men who wear skinny jeans, mumble rappers and boy bands, movies about dragons…” Etc. The list is extensive.
So to my OEC friends I say- you’re every bit as much to blame for this as anyone else. But I digress.
The point is- the thing these Atheists have been claiming to have seen REALLY EXISTS! The hateful, angry, gay-bashing fundy preacher REALLY EXISTS! It’s like wandering into Starbucks and seeing Big Foot serving a grande` skinny Late` to a leprechaun riding a unicorn on their way to a funny Adam Sandler movie. MIND BLOWN.
But, now we need to explain to the Atheists that not EVERY Starbucks has Big Foot as a barista, serving coffee to unicorn riding leprechauns. That one example doesn’t equal a normal anywhere in the world. A fluke is not a standard. The exception is not the rule. Pastor Anderson is a living metaphor- internet atheists seem to have said something which is rooted in an actual fact. Let’s not read more into that than we should. Maybe Atheists aren’t 100% insane, but this one oddity hardly drops that percentage into the realm where in we should be voting them into public office. When atheists say something which happens to be true, I am reminded that, even in Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill, there was that one joke which made a few people laugh. It’s not as common as being hit by lightning, but it happens.
And in case you didn’t know, Pastor Anderson is wrong; #JesusLovesYou