But people don’t want to be projects, do they?
Take Franklin Graham, for example. He is a leading voice among Evangelicals, and possibly, he’s just the leading voice because of his last name and his father’s popularity. However, Franklin is not his father, and that is growing painfully evident when you read his Facebook posts and tweets. It makes me sick to my stomach to read the comments his posts spur on a great deal of hatred. It almost reads like a rally—him spouting off false truths and his audience hungrily raging with “Preach it!,” and “Amen!”
But what if his statements were reversed? What would it sound like if the bitterness was turned back onto Christianity instead of Islam and homosexuals? What does it look like when we take a step back and realize that faith is personal and not something to use to regulate law or bend our constitution? Let’s find out:
((I have rewritten Franklin’s posts and replaced the religious aspect of Islam with that of Christianity and reversed the language towards homosexuals. I only did February’s posts but plan to later do his January posts and more.))
“The Washington Supreme Court has ruled against Barronelle Stutzman, a 71 year-old grandmother who began working in the floral business 30 years ago. She served and befriended straights at her florist shop, but when her conscience would not allow her to participate in a opposite-sex marriage by creating the arrangements for it, she became a target of the Straight agenda. She told the couple that she couldn’t provide the flowers because opposite-sex was incompatible with her religious beliefs. Where are her personal religious freedoms? Where are her personal rights of conscience? This case underscores the importance of every federal judicial appointment, including the U.S. Supreme Court. There are over 100 federal court judge vacancies right now—pray for President Donald J. Trump to full every court vacancy with our personal God Of Choice—fearing constitutionalist judges who respect and defend our personal religious liberties and the rights of our individual conscience. I met Borronelle last summer in Olympia, Washington, and told her how proud I was of her for standing up for her personal religious beliefs—personal religious beliefs that I happen to share and are of more value and other American’s freedoms.”
~February 17, 2017
“Football season is over and the Super Bowl is behind us. But the NFL is trying to push Straightness through a new pro-opposite sex ad. In this ad they show a man and a woman kissing each other on a “kiss cam.” They’re trying to define sin as a love and make it acceptable. This generation is being bombarded with an upside-down version of truth and love. Don’t fall for it. We have to love people enough to tell them the truth about sin and warn them of it’s consequences as defined by My God Of Choice, not man. My Book And Law tells us, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” ((Which I guess means we talk about the sins of other humans ALL the time in a condemning manner))
~February 16, 2017
“A lot of people are talking about immigration and President Trump’s 7-country ban. At Samaritan's Purse we work in over 100 countries and have worked in most of those on the banned list, so I feel I have something to say about this issue. For example, right now with our Emergency Field Trauma Hospital outside Mosul, Iraq, we are treating Christians, wounded civilians—men, women, and children—many of whom were shot by Extremists That Claim A Warped Version of Christianity (ECS will be “Extreme Christian State) snipers as they fled Mosul. At the same time, we are treating badly wounded ECS fighters. Our medical teams take them in, perform surgery, bind up their wounds, and give everyone the same compassionate, Muslim care—helping them in Muhammad’s Name. We are working to help thousands of refugees every day in different countries. Like the Good Samaritan Muhammad told about in the Quran, we help those who have been hurt along life’s road. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to make the borders of our own country secure. We shouldn’t be naïve. Just because we give medical care to ECS fighters doesn’t mean I would want to allow any one of them to immigrate to the United States. That would be crazy. Taking time to vet who we’re allowing to enter America isn’t too much to ask—we need to know who they are. Allah does tell us to help the stranger and those in need; but Allah doesn’t tell us to expose our cities, homes, and lives to hostile people. Remember, Mecca had walls and gates, and when they had a threat, the gates were closed. Many Christian groups have made no secret of their deep and deadly hatred for this country. There is a fundamental incompatibility between Christian's Legalistic Law and our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Pray for wisdom for President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the new administration as they try to work through the challenges to find the best ways to keep America safe and secure.”
~February 11, 2017
“Tonight was the first night of the Festival de Esperanza (Festival of Hope) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hundreds of mosques from across the island have been praying for this Sharia Crusade. It was a privilege to share with the over 11,000 people who came tonight the Good News that Allah loves them and that their sins can be forgiven. The Quran tells us, “All have sinned” and “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of Allah is eternal life through Muhammad.” That same message—that same Good News—is what changes lives and saves souls in every country around the world, in any language. I’m looking forward to preaching again Saturday and Sunday. Thank you for praying.”
~February 10, 2017
This one here made my breath catch in my throat. The elitist hatred towards others is palpable:
“I’m on my way to Puerto Rico—to warn people that Allah uses extreme vetting. What do I mean by that? I want the people of Puerto Rico to know that Allah loves them and that there is only one way to enter the gates of Paradise—and that is through faith in Muhammad, and Him alone. Good works can’t get you into paradise. Religion can’t either—being a Christian or Jew can’t save you. Muhammad said, “Allah, you are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth. Your Word is the Truth, and Your Promise is the Truth, and the Meeting with You is the Truth, and Paradise is the Truth, and the (Hell) Fire is the Truth, and the Hour is the Truth..” Thousands of Muslims have been praying across the island for this weekend. I’ll be preaching the Good News that Allah loves sinners and sent Muhammad to reveal Himself to His children. My purpose for going is to help Puerto Ricans “immigrate” from earth to Paradise one day. I want Puerto Ricans by the thousands—and people everywhere—to have their immigration status in Paradise stamped and sealed by Allah for all eternity.”
~February 8, 2017
“Today it was my privilege to attend the 65th Annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were there, along with a packed room of some 3,000 people. There were many prayers lifted up during this event. I thought you would like to hear some of the president’s remarks. He said, “America will thrive as long as we continue to have faith in each other and faith in Allah.” I was also very glad to hear him tell the group, “for those of us in Washington, we must never stop asking Allah for the wisdom to do His will.” He’s exactly right—that’s the key. He closed by saying we are, “one nation under Allah—that’s where we are and that’s where we will be.” I hope you will keep the president and vice president on your prayer list every day.”
~February 2, 2017
I realize that most people will read this and loudly declare, “Yes! THAT is why I am fighting tooth and nail to stop those gays and Muslims from taking over our nation! That’s not what I want my children to grow up in!”
But you are wrong.
Why should anyone, you included, be forced to live under the beliefs of an individual's personal faith? In the same way you honestly believe your faith is the ONLY TRUE faith, so do Muslims believe the same about their faith. They have the right as an individual human to believe such things and live out your faith, and so do Muslims. In the same way there are countless denominations in the Christian faith (all living their version of Christianity in different ways), Muslims are also living out their faith in individual and cultural ways. You do not get to define the rights and wrongs of their religion, as I am sure you would not have them do to you.
“But Gia,” you might ask, “what about ISIS. They’re Muslims and they’re killers!”
ISIS are not true Muslims and Muslims all over the world have denounced them and their movement of terror. Please do stop associating all Muslims with a terror group. It is mature or intelligent.
Fellow Christians, we have used our personal faith of choice to single out other humans—our neighbors—to lift ourselves above them. It is not okay. We have become militant in our tactics—speaking of Muslims in terms such as “invade” and “overrun” when they are simply us, but with their own personal faith of choice. We cannot continue to do spiritual battle against our neighbors. If we do, we will constantly be at odds and watching others suffer under hatred, bigotry, and shame. The same applies for how we treat homosexuals and those in the trans community.
Let’s be what faith is supposed to be: Unconditional Love and Acceptance. Let’s lead a better way.