I happen to drive past two of the largest churches in my city on my way to & from my (might I say averagely attended) church. The churches I’m referring to are well attended into the thousands on any Sunday morning. Both offering numerous service times from which to attend. Several of my friends & acquaintances go to each of these churches.
On my way home this past Sunday I was quite caught off guard by what I considered a disturbing sight. Just like every other Sunday, at their dismissal, there were hundreds of cars spilling out onto the roadway from the church -- all directed by the privately hired county Sheriff. Only this week each car was passing by a protester. It was an ordinary looking man who had positioned himself on the easement (not church property) with two large signs about his body.
These were not your run of the mill hand-painted or marker-written signs. No, these were obviously produced at a print shop in full color. The sign hanging around his neck was about 3’ x 6’…a little wide and a little awkward looking extending a few feet beyond each side of his standing position. The words on that sign were: Stop Christian Fascism. There was another sign resting against his legs sort of propped on the ground; it was as wide but not as high … maybe 18 inches by 6’. That sign said: Teach Tolerance.
I have to tell you this was disturbing. I haven’t quit thinking about it off and on since then. Imagine, of all the things this man could be doing and he chooses to hold up signs with this nonsense message in print at the exit of a local church on a peaceful Sunday morning.
Just what was he trying to accomplish? Did he want people to stop going to that church? Did he really think any of the attendees would be changed by his sign messages? I mean why not stand in front of that group of folks that run around with bombs in their backpacks blowing up buses and open air cafes? Now that might mean something to hold up signs saying Teach Tolerance. Isn’t it THAT group of people who have radically hateful ideas about which other groups of people should be allowed to live and die?
Tolerance? When I think of how tolerant our Heavenly Father is it makes me weep. If God wasn’t tolerant THAT man could have been smote instantaneously just for his utter gall to disrupt a simple Sunday morning of church goers.
Okay so fascism is a little much. PUH-LEEEZE. I looked it up. Fascism: A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
According to this definition I still don’t get it.