Dear Todd Starnes:
You certainly do have chutzpah. That is the nicest thing that I can say about your recent screed in which you link the survival of Christianity in America to a Cruz presidency.
Here is what you say about Ted Cruz’s so-called “religious liberty council”: “It’s a faith-based Justice League. And if Cruz follows their suggestions, American Christians will be able to sleep soundly at night.”
It would be reasonable for a person to read your claim and then ask you,
Do you really believe that the survival of Christianity in America depends on politics? Whatever happened to God?
Perhaps I should clarify that last question: Whatever happened to the God of the Bible?
The deity I am talking about is omnipotent and sovereign. The Bible describes him as being able to do anything that he wants whenever he wants despite anything decided by men.
Then again, you don’t actually believe in the God of the Bible. Instead, you believe in a fictional wimpy God who relinquished his sovereignty over his creation in order to get Humans to love him.
Your God isn’t the God who told Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.”
Your God isn’t the God who “stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia” so that he would end the Babylonian exile of the Jews and enable them to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
Your God isn’t the God who makes out of the same lump of clay “one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use”.
Tell me something, Todd. Just how did the Christian faith survive in the ancient Roman Empire prior to the rule of Constantine the Great? Back then, Christians had legitimate reasons to believe that they would be imprisoned, tortured and executed for their faith. Do you expect American Christians to experience the same things if Ted Cruz isn’t elected POTUS?
Granted, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about how the government deals with people of faith who object to doing certain things because of their faith. Still, it is going too far to claim that Ted Cruz alone would be a protector of religious liberty.
Let’s cut to the chase. You aren’t wanting Ted Cruz to be elected POTUS so that he can save Christianity in America. Instead, you want him to be elected because you believe that he will help establish a theocracy of your liking.
Face it, Todd. In order for you to get what you want, freedom of religion in America would have to be eliminated, because that freedom contains within it the freedom to not conform to any religious teachings.
Yes, I understand that you are not a reporter. Instead, you are a commentator with a particular religious agenda. In case you have forgotten, your pursuit of that agenda is what got you fired from your job at the Baptist Press, because an objective reporter would not have deliberately misquoted a government official in order to make that official appear to be sympathetic to a religious cause.
I will admit, though, that it takes talent to get fired from the Baptist Press for promoting a religious agenda that is generally favored by the Southern Baptist Convention.
So, Todd, what is really behind your infatuation with Ted Cruz? Could it be his link to a theology known as Seven Mountains Dominionism?
Todd, if you believe that all American Christians agree with that theology, then I have some real estate to sell you.
Then again, one doesn’t have to be a Christian in order to believe in such theology. After all, Glenn Beck believes in it, too.
Todd, this will probably be the last time that I respond in public to your rantings, because the next time that the Fox News website publishes one of your rants, I will exercise one of my most cherished freedoms . . .
By the way, I will be able to sleep soundly at night no matter who is elected the next POTUS, because I actually believe in the God of the Bible. As the Psalmist says, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
By David Robertson