Rick Santorum has been attacked by the Left for his criticism of the political agendas of Mainline Protestant churches — not to be confused with “mainstream Christian.” Churches and their members are involved in political activity, and the claim that Christians who happen to have conservative views are somehow pushing themselves into the public arena because they want to oppress others is just not consistent with reality. It indicates a clear bias against Christians who happen to be conservative.
Here’s an example of the kind of political activity from Mainline Protestant churches that Rick Santorum was referring to that we should be aware of because it promotes the Left’s point of view — a view that is not consistent with the pro-freedom views of the Founders of our country..
The United Methodist Church is the major mainline Protestant denomination in the United States. Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Rick Perry, to name just a few, are all Methodists.
During its General Conference in late April in Tampa, Florida, the Church will discuss some divestment proposals targeting companies that profit from Israel’s “occupation”, such as Motorola, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard.
The Methodists boycott no other country. But they loudly proclaim a radical anti-Israel policy.
The Methodist Church is not alone in this anti-Israel wave. The wealthiest US Church, the Presbyterian, will also vote the divestment proposal during its General Assembly in Pittsburgh. The Church’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment urged the General Assembly to fully embrace the boycott movement against some major companies which are based in Israel.
Last November, the Presbyterian Church hold a conference in Louisville and it embraced the “Kairos Document”, which rejects the Jewish State and says that Israeli security policies are “a sin against God”.
“Liberal” Church efforts to divest from companies doing business with Israel are part of a bigger trend which demonizes Judaism. At the recent Louisville symposium, Eugene March, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Presbyterian Seminary, said the Jewish right to the land is “invalid”, while Gary Burge, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, criticized “the territorial worldview of Judaism”.
Most of the Christians I know — “mainstream Christians” — don’t hold to the views of Mainline Protestant churches. Most of the Christians I know agree with Rick Santorum that Israel is our friend and is interested in freedom, not oppression.
If the only Christians who are criticized in media for political involvement are the ones who promote the viewpoint that is opposed to the Left, then the result is media indoctrination of the public that to be a Christian is to be a leftist.
This is not rocket science. The more “conservatives” join in the Left’s suppression of the conservative Christian point of view, the more the passive majority will believe that the Democratic Party is the Jesus party.
Please don’t help the Left by telling conservative Christians to sit down and shut up.