On the heels of the tragic shooting of young mission trainees and churchgoers in Colorado last Sunday,Family Research Council president Tony Perkins (in photo) blamed some in the secular press for creating such hostility toward Christians.
His inappropriate (and wrong) comments were enough for MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann to name Perkins the “worst person of the day” on Monday.
The comments from Perkins that drew such well-deserved recognition were:
“It is not hard to draw a line between the hostility that is being fomented in our culture from some in the secular media toward Christians and evangelicals in particular and the acts of violence that took place in Colorado.”
Once again, the blame goes to the evil secular media. It is a tiresome deflection.
Perkins’ comments were inappropriate in that he quickly used a horrific tragedy to gain political points with his constituency. The comments were wrong in that the troubled young man who brought about the carnage was raised in a devoutly religious home and had attended the mission training center where he first carried out his unspeakable crimes as detailed in a news story from The Denver Post.
Perkins is carrying on the kind of self-martyrdom that does not help the public image of American Christianity.
The perception of evangelical Christians as arrogant, hypocritical and judgmental is fostered primarily by arrogant, hypocritical and judgmental evangelical leaders who seem to find the spotlight more often than humbler servants.
Whatever happened to Christians being known by love? Is self-examination out of style?
We modern disciples of Jesus seem to have forgotten the question raised by one of his original followers: “Is it I?”
Such tragedies as occurred in Colorado last Sunday might be explained in various ways (mental illness, sin, etc.), but for God’s sake and ours, don’t blame the media.