Jesus Just Did a Facepalm. Looking at You, Jessi Bohon and Franklin Graham

“I have had to stop recommending Samaritan’s Purse as an outlet for charitable giving because I think Franklin Graham has gone off the rails.”

The left, which does not even believe in the God of the Bible, is positively orgasmic about some woman’s defense of Obamacare by relying on her Christian faith. Mind you, for eight years, the left ridiculed Christians opposed to things like the abortion mandate under Obamacare because of their Christian faith. But one woman badly weaves her Christian faith into defending the individual mandate, and suddenly Jesus is okay. So go bake a cake, you bigot.

Pay no attention to Jesus’s views on marriage (Matthew 19:1-12), transgenderism (Genesis 1:27), and homosexuality (Matthew 15:19–20). Yes, Jesus has positions on all three things. Jessikah Bohon, a French teacher in Cookeville, TN, and political activist, showed up at a congressional meeting where a bunch of Democrats pretended they actually represented the majority of a solidly Republican congressional district. At the meeting, Bohon said:

As a Christian, my whole philosophy in life is to pull up the unfortunate. So the individual mandate, that’s what it does. The healthy people pull up the sick

And the leftwing crowd roared.

So Bohon’s solution is not to help the unfortunate, but to get the government to do it. God actually takes a pretty strong position on passing the buck. Jesus himself says to “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” Taking care of the poor is not Caesar’s responsibility. But the social justice warrior left that rejects Jesus’s teachings on absolutely everything under the sun loves this.

Jesus, I assure you, does not.

Jesus also does not care for Franklin Graham this week hiding behind some really stupid Biblical interpretations to justify Donald Trump. Honestly, I have had to stop recommending Samaritan’s Purse as an outlet for charitable giving because I think Franklin Graham has gone off the rails.

First, on Inauguration Day, Franklin Graham told Donald Trump that rain at the inaugural was a sign of blessing. I am sure the folks drowning outside the ark sure felt blessed to have rain falling on their heads. The Bible actually says the rain falls on the just and the unjust. (Matt 5:45). Then there is this from Friday.

This is silly. There’s a difference between a Babylonian army wanting to storm the gates, murder all the men, and turn all the women into slaves after raping them and a Christian refugee from Syria coming into the United States.

I am actually perfectly okay with the intention of Donald Trump’s temporary halt and do not view it as a muslim ban. It was just a terribly drawn up document riddled with execution problems. I disagree with a lot of my Christian brethren who oppose the intention of the order. But this defense, using the Bible, is stupid. Franklin Graham has no standing in the Christian community except by virtue of taking up his father’s last name and cause and he is using it for partisan stupidity more and more.

His better effort is this one that came a day after other Christians were pretty vocal about the first stupid tweet.

Yes, that is true. It is also true that we can multitask and do both.

I think the Christians who are convinced Trump’s immigration halt is an affront to Jesus are wrong. Yes, we need to help the refugees and the order does prioritize any persecuted religious minority. It does not single out just Christians. It is also only a temporary halt for a review of the program.

I also think Christians trying to justify the halt with Old Testament reasoning are vastly more wrong.

The Bible is useful for instruction and admonition in all areas of life. But twisting the Bible to make it sound like Jesus is on your side is rather a dumb thing, whether it is defending Obamacare, claiming Biblical support for homosexuality, or even justifying a poorly written immigration order that was rushed out.

And by the way, speaking of that, what Rev. Graham does the Bible say about treating foreigners who you have already accepted into your homeland for residence? Because it seems those verses would apply when it comes to intentionally and willfully deleting a provision in the executive order that would have allowed green card holders back into the country. In fact, we wouldn’t be in this litigation mess had that been in there originally.

And as for you, Jessi Bohon, would that you were as vocal on behalf of Christians in this country targeted by the Obama Administration under Obamacare as you are to defend your healthcare insurance paid for by the taxpayers of Tennessee.

Franklin Graham Continues To Dine With Pigs

I really don’t understand how prominent Christians, otherwise strong in their faith, can continue to defend Donald Trump. I mean, look at Franklin Graham’s Twitter timeline.

Yes and Amen…then this Tweetstorm of deflection and apology on behalf of Trump.

Graham is factually wrong: Trump did not apologize in any meaningful way for his past behavior. He actually blamed the women, and publicly indicated that at least one accuser was simply too ugly for him to have groped her. “Full responsibility?” Not even close.

Then the second argument: well it doesn’t matter anyway. Why are we even bothering with this? Let’s even give Hillary Clinton a pass on her email server scandal, if it gets Trump off the hook. Supreme Court! Remember the justices! Look! A shiny toy! Don’t focus on the pigs dining at the table, just smell the wonderful food!

C’mon, Rev. Graham. Any sixteen-year-old youth camp counselor has more discernment than that. When you dine with pigs, you eat slop. If a boy was doing these things or saying these things about high school girls, we’d all gather around in a prayer circle, but we wouldn’t let him be a leader.

Trump is 70 years old. He’s been this way his whole life, with no evidence of a change. If it was eleven years ago or thirty-five doesn’t matter, because Trump has not responded in a way a repentant soul would respond. He’s a pig and you’re dining with pigs, along with far too many evangelical leaders.

I pray you repent and return from being the prodigal, along with Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, Mike Huckabee, and Dr. James Dobson.

Christian Persecution in America: Will You Help The Christians?

Aaron and Melissa Klein have five children and had a bakery. The bakery is all but gone now because the Klein family declined to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding. Hell hath no fury like two angry lesbians and Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman claimed “emotional, mental, and physical suffering” because the Kleins put their faith ahead of their business.

A judge is now ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay a $135,000.00 fine for daring to be Christians before being bakers. Yes, instead of going to one of several dozen other bakeries, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman decided to force their values on Aaron and Melissa Klein through the legal system.

Dr. Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse has set up a fund for persecuted Christians in America. I hope you will consider contributing. As a side note, a fund had been set up at GoFundMe to help the Klein family, but gay rights activists attacked GoFundMe until the website decided helping the Klein family violated the terms of service for their site.

By Faith: I Am Proud of Franklin Graham

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

— Hebrews 11:13-16 (NIV)

Much has been made this week of Franklin Graham’s comments both about the Ground Zero Mosque and Barack Obama’s religion. It has been more than hilarious to watch all the news networks, newspapers, and pundits try to explain Graham’s comments.

All of those who have been talking about his comments have talked about them from a political point of view.

Franklin Graham could care less. I could care less. What Franklin Graham said is dead on.

Specifically, this week Graham noted that Barack Obama was born a muslim.

“I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name,” Graham told CNN’s John King in a televised interview that aired Thursday night.

Likewise, Graham said if the State Department paid him or another Christian to do outreach, there’d be all sorts of outcry. But, due to double standards, there was no outcry over the State Department putting the Ground Zero mosque imam on the payroll.

Lastly, his words about Islam from last year have come back into focus due to his opposition to the Ground Zero mosque. Last year, he said, in part about Islam, “I speak out for people who live under Islam, who are enslaved under Islam, and I want them to know they can be free by Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone.”

First, about Barack Obama’s faith — it is clear when he was enrolled in school in Indonesia his parents listed his faith as Islam. The New York Times, in 2008, buttressed that. One is not born into Islam (Rev. Graham got that point technically wrong), but as Streiff has pointed out, at one time his parents listed his religion as “Islam.”

Barack Obama says he converted to Christianity. Just like Hillary Clinton, we will take him at his word. If he claims he converted and has taken advantage of the gifts of the spirit without a true conversion, that is between him and God. I pity him if his conversion is insincere. “For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Heb. 2:2-3a)

I await calls from the birthers for the baptismal certificate.

In any event, it is beside the point. Franklin Graham does not speak as a man of the political world, but a man of faith. His view, and mine, is a reliance, by faith, on the Hope of ages past and yet to come — that is Christ against the world.

We live by faith as pilgrims in an alien world headed home to eternity. There are too many people in this world who, when confronted with questions of faith, opt for the polite answer instead of the real answer.

By faith and history, Franklin Graham understands that there is only one way, one Truth, and one life. No one goes to the Father except through Jesus Christ. No one.

That is what our faith teaches us. Shame on the media for dwelling more on Franklin Graham’s words than on the imam of the Ground Zero Mosque. But there is a reason for that too.

The political elites in this world view Islam as, frankly, primitive. “Well of course those crazy guys would believe in something like Sharia,” think the secular political elites. After all, they are several hundred years behind Christianity. Christians have evolved — go to any Episcopalian church and you’ll see a gay priest, a female priest, or what have you.

Christians like Graham, and me, are viewed with the same suspicion as muslim clerics who defend their faith, but Graham and you and me will be questioned because, after all, Christianity is supposed to be more evolved. Therefore, for us to hold true to our faith means there must be something wrong with us individually, not with the religion. (This, of course, is at a superficial level. Theologically, and I’m not going to explore the depths of this here, it is because the world persecutes Christians because the world is against Christ.)

The problem, of course, is the Truth does not change. Our convictions remain. Christ remains.

By faith we believe, we persevere, and we know that there will be a last day and a final judgment. On that day we who persevere win because Christ wins against this world. It is that simple. It is that offensive. It is precisely that which our secular media and political elites do not understand and cannot grasp. That is why they dwell on Franklin Graham and the political impact of his words. These people live for the now.

Franklin Graham and all those who follow Christ live for eternity.