I just finished watching the eight part documentary Christianity, A History, which was broadcast in 2009 on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. It was mostly interesting and very well done, but when I viewed the eighth and final installment, which was hosted by former Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie Blair, I was so perturbed by some of what I saw that I was moved to write the television station in England. That response became more than a note, and I decided rather to post it here.
Greetings from across the pond. I have just watched the Channel 4 program, Christianity, A History. It was mostly excellent, but the final installment, Cherie Blair’s The Future of Christianity, moved me to write you. In a word, I was APPALLED. I was dismayed, disgusted and left with a godawful taste on my tongue. Setting forth George Bush as an example of a man of faith is absurd—downright insane. It could be argued that he was worse than a Caesar—insomuch as while the Caesars persecuted the Jews, Bush not only wrought evil upon his enemies, but his OWN countrymen. In eight years did he perform even one good deed? One? The military invasions and the resulting bloodshed? Doling out to the wealthy from the national treasury, in the form of tax cuts, at the expense of the poor, and to the devastation of the world economy? Destroying God's earth with his environmental deregulations? Ignoring the cries of the needy when Katrina swept through? Shall I continue?
A truly Christian president would have performed MANY good deeds. Bush--I can't think of one.
In his actions that man proved his mouth to spew lies—starting with his proclamation that he is a man of Christ.
Here are a couple of apropos quotes from the Bible. Revelation 2:9 “…I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Change Jew to Christian and it applies to that murderous, oppressing, God-flouting monster.
In the 2000 presidential campaign Bush invoked the name of Christ, and said that discovering Jesus Christ “changes your heart.” See it here.
Okay, well enough, and very true. Now read and apply this scripture. Hebrews 10:26-27. “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”
Cherie Blair laments the decline of Christianity in her homeland, then turns around and CONTRIBUTES to it. For someone who might sincerely be curious and interested, seeing Bush set forth as a shining example of a life lived in Christ would say within themselves: “I want to be good. If Christ turns you into such a beast, I want no part of it.”
And anyone who did take up Bush’s cross and follow after would only fulfill the scripture: “When the blind lead the blind they all fall into the ditch.”
It is also written: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.
So it is that the Christian right wing, that pack of hypocrites and liars--pro lifers who bomb babies, homosexuals who rail against homosexuality, men and women who crave earthly riches and obtain such by oppressing the very poor that Christ exalted--has hijacked the word of the Lord to their own selfish and perverted ends, propping up George Bush, that antichrist, as one of their figureheads and leaders.
CHANNEL 4'S RESPONSE.
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