Franklin Graham’s Hate Preach Rejected by Puerto Rican Baptist Leaders
Exodus 22:21-22 “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.”
Franklin Graham’s continued hate preach has cost him the support of Baptist leaders in Puerto Rico. Graham will be preaching at the “Festival of Hope” in San Juan on Feb. 10 – 12.
However, his continued support of President 45’s immigration ban caused the Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico to withdraw their support, according to Baptist News and World Religious News also reported that Evangelical and Catholic leaders oppose Graham’s traveling tent show when it comes to Canada in March of this year.
It seems the Baptist leaders in Puerto Rico actually read the book Christians consider holy — you know it as the Bible. Baptists are among the most fundamental of fundamentalist. Their mantra concerning the Bible is that the book is the “inspired, inerrant, and infallible” Word of God. But often times, Christians like Graham only treat the parts of the Bible they like as inspired. They routinely ignore the parts that conflict with their bigoted and hateful worldview.
A History of Hate Preach
Graham has been a long time “apostle of hatred” according to an article by William Alberts, Ph.D. published on the website Counter Punch, in March of 2015. Most of Graham’s religious vitriol is directed at the LGBT community or the Muslim faith.
A quick Google search will provide the reader with an abundance of evidence of Graham’s twisted theological interpretation of Christianity. Graham spent much of the last eight years condemning President Obama as a Muslim, a man against Christ, and a promoter of the homosexual lifestyle.
Now, even the Baptists are saying enough is enough to Graham and his Christian soldiers who long to see the world inflamed in a religious war.
What Does the Bible Say About Immigrants?
Evangelical Christians love the Old Testament when it comes to waging war, hating the LBGT community, or supporting the death penalty. Somehow though they seem to miss major parts of God’s law when it comes to how we deal with other humans.
Leviticus 19:33-34 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
Deuteronomy 27:19 “Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”
Zechariah 7:9-10 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”
What Would Jesus Do?
The person Christians are supposed to model their lives on is Jesus. The Jesus of the Gospels also had plenty to say about how He expects His followers to interact with fellow members of the human race.
Matthew 25:34-36 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Luke 14:12-14 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Judgement of Heaven
The reality of American Christianity is that many of the adherents of the faith Franklin Graham espouses don’t know any more about the foundations of their faith than a pig knows about Sunday. If they would just read the book they claim to love they might learn a little something about love and forgiveness. But most of them just use religion as an excuse to justify their hate and bigotry. I leave you to think about the words of Jesus as he addressed the conservative religious leaders of his day.
Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.