It never fails to amaze me…the ignorance of those who claim to know so much.
Just recently, Governor Robert Bently of Alabama made a whole lot of people angry. According to the reactions of some, he might as well have said that from now on, only Christians will be allowed to eat and breath in the state of Alabama. Of course, that is not what he said, but that is how it was interpreted.
You can read the articles for yourself (I attached the links, below). Both are full of accusations from non-Christians and atheists. None show any understanding or appreciation of the biblical principles to which Governor Bently was referring. Moreover, they smugly and hypocritically avoid the fact that the word “brother” is used in more circles than just Christian ones. Most of all, they accuse the governor of making all non-brethren out to be “second-class citizens.” All because he said that if you are not a follower of Jesus Christ and born again you can’t be considered family?
Correct me if I am wrong, but since when was I included in the family of the Muslim brotherhood? Tell me, when was it that I was last notified of my spot at the reservation in Montana? Has anyone received a call from Jessie Jackson, recently? Surely, the Rev. Jackson is wanting to welcome me as a “brutha.” Did anyone misplace the memo? NO, because I am not in those “families.” Moreover, most don’t want me, if I could, to become a part.
Governor Bently said what he said based on the fact that only believers in Jesus Christ as Saviour can claim a relationship. That, however does not make us incapable, as Christians, to love and serve our fellow man, even if he is a part of another “family” which seeks to destroy our own. The Apostle Paul made it very clear in the 12th chapter of the letter to the Romans that even though we may not all be “family,” we are to be “kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another (v. 10).”
On a side note, where do the people of Philadelphia think they got the name for their city? Philadelphia is the Greek word for “brotherly love,” as in Romans 12:10. Atheists and Muslims weren’t the ones who named the city, and those leaders led well.
No, it is precisely the Christian who is commanded to do what so few others are willing to do to non-brothers – love them and show kindness, even amidst persecution. Consider the following verses from Romans 12…
Romans 12:14-21 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
If the Constitution was not the law of the land, and we were in any other country, especially one ruled by Sharia Law, would the above words bring comfort, or install fear? If the founders of our nation had been Jihadists, would they have written a Constitution such as ours that allows for “freedom of religion?” Is it fair to say that Governor Bently will treat non-Christians like “second-class citizens?” Not if he really does abide by his religious beliefs. If he does what he is supposed to do, then the non-brethren will fair much better than the non-brethren do in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, China, North Korea, etc., etc., etc.
Give the governor a break people! The great thing about America is that we are a nation of many “families,” but we’re still Americans. Don’t miss the point to make a stupid one.