It’s been a year now since my first rant against the comments made by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Soon after writing that article I received a lot of feedback from Evangelicals – most was not positive.
Had I come down too hard on Phil? Had I come down too hard on Evangelicals?
Then, a few months later news broke regarding World Vision attempting to change their policy on hiring homosexual Christians. Less than 24 hours later World Vision retracted their earlier statement about changing their policy. As one who has cosponsored a child with my wife for over 10 years, I appreciate the vision and mission of that organization.
It was not long until the reason for why World Vision retracted their new policy became evident. As it turns out thousands (some estimate around 10,000) Evangelicals contacted World Vision and threatened to pull their support if the organization changed their policy. The math is almost unbelievable: 10,000 Evangelicals threaten to pull support within 24 hours.
The fact that these Evangelicals were willing to stop helping hungry, homeless children for a political/theological belief enraged me. I was so angry, in fact, I wrote a letter to World Vision, which you can read HERE.
Enter Arnold Abbott
Arnold Abbott recently made national news for being arrested for serving food to the homeless. Abbott (age 90) along with two local pastors have been serving the homeless of south Florida since at least 1999.
I have a very simple question: where did all of the evangelicals go?
Where is the outrage? Here is a perfect example of a Christian man being persecuted for being Jesus to the hungry of Ft. Lauderdale.
Where are all the theologians who were once so outspoken!
Where are all of the Pastors who were once so outspoken!
Where are all of the so-called evangelical politicians and government leaders who were so quick to jump on the evangelical anti-homo bandwagon, but could care less about changing an inhumane law or at least come to the aid of this 90 year old man?
Can someone please tell me, where have all of the evangelicals gone?
God forbid anyone ever really have to face persecution in their life. God forbid anyone ever answer the call to stand up for Christ in some meaningful way.
Jesus addresses this type of person:
“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’Matthew 23