Exercises in Finger-Pointing and Illiteracy

by baldilocks

Today’s Twitter mob is using the hashtag #FakeChristian as its weapon of choice and, this time, it’s directed at Vice President Mike Pence, who was in Texas yesterday.

During his hours-long tour of Texas detention facilities Friday, Vice President Mike Pence came face-to-face with a group of nearly 400 migrant men who were being held in cage-like fences. The men, who didn’t all have room to lie down, told reporters that they’d been there for 40 days, and were hungry.

Because of this report and others like it, the mob says that the vice president and those who agree with the Trump administration’s policies on illegal entrants are fake Christians.

It’s a safe bet that they don’t know what the lone criterion is for being a Christian.

Also, it’s both amusing and sad to find out how little biblical literacy there is out there, but, certainly, literacy of God’s Word would make it a powerful weapon for God’s purposes rather than the purposes of the mindless mob.

But the accusation has absolutely no power because it’s based on a distorted version of God’s Words. It’s based on lies.

And the amusing part is the how stale these cudgels are. How many times must it be pointed out that the non-moral laws in the Old Testament are for the ancient Hebrews? God was and has been trying to shape them and their descendants into an oracle people and, therefore, He gave them special — sanctified — rules to follow in order to set them apart from the rest of the nations. The moral laws, aka, the Ten Commandments, are for everyone, not just the Hebrews. But the other 600+ don’t apply to gentiles.

One thing I want to address, since it was addressed to me.

Of course, this person is trolling me. How do I know? Because he/she was still doing it when I went to get the link and the screen capture. My crime? Point this out.

I may return to him later, since I enjoy toying with trolls, but I want to address something he/she asked.

God is neither for nor against locking people up, whatever their age. He’s not even for nor against slavery – which involves restriction of movement, otherwise known as locking people up. In fact, He will often cause such things to happen for His purposes.

How do I know?

He caused Joseph to be sold into slavery AND imprisoned in Egypt. One of God’s purposes: to save the House of Jacob from famine in Canaan.

Much later, God caused the Hebrew tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi to be taken from their home country and into captivity by the Babylonians to punish them for long-term disobedience.

Both are very long stories, but the point is that in the last meme.

As for the alleged abuse? They can be improved, but that takes money. Has the Democrat-controlled House approved funds for that yet? I’ll have to check, but I’m 100% positive that VP Pence has no control over that.

One more overarching point: everything in the Old Testament is about the Hebrews/Jews and about how God relates to them. In the New Testament, He comes down to earth as a Hebrew/Jew so that He can relate to the rest of us (and the Jews, too, but that’s another controversy I won’t be addressing here).

So it is that the finger-pointers howling FAKE CHRISTIAN!!! wonder why most Christians look at this accusation and at the accusers (of the brethren) with pity.

You know, Leftists, you could read the Bible yourself to find out if what I’m telling you is the truth or not.

Okay. Let’s go see if I’m still getting trolled.

On second thought, nah. I have more work to do.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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