Emergent and Al Qaeda sitting in a tree…

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : July 23, 2007

imageJust when you thought perceptions of the emerging church couldn’t get any worse…

Today I stumbled upon an article titled Why Al Qaeda Supports the Emergent Church.

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The greatest threat to world peace is radical Islam. If not for the United States, millions more would be suffering under the tyranny of sharia law all over the world. Our Muslim enemies know post-Christian Europe has already lost the will to fight. Africa, Asia, and South America seem to be already lost. Russia, China, and India would rather trade than fight?for now…

A post-Christian, post-modern, secular-socialist America will be no match for a radical Islam fueled by petro-dollars and threatening the use of nuclear weapons.

But an America where the church is strong, resolute, and courageous? That?s a different thing altogether.

Which is why al Qaeda supports the emergent church…

Their unwillingness to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong, and good from evil leave them intellectually immobilized to resist the encroachment of false teaching and heresy, and even incapable of knowing the good guys from the bad guys in the war for the free world.

The whole point of terrorism is to destroy the will of the enemy to fight.

Whose side are they on, anyway?

What Yogi Berra said about baseball is true of this war against radical Islam: ?Half this game is 90% mental.?

Yogi knew this. Osama knows this. I wonder if the ?emergents? do?

I have a number of problems with this:

  • It reminds me of the way Americans talked about Anabaptists during WWII. 
  • I don’t know a single emerging-type person that doesn’t distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong, or good and evil. 
  • The last time I read the Bible, Jesus calls us to turn the other cheek and love our enemies, not blow the hell out of them. 

He asks: “Whose side are they on?” Well, I guess, to be honest, I’m actually not on the side of America on this one.  As lame as it sounds: I’m on the side of Jesus.  I know that Islamo-Fascist terrorists want me dead.  But I don’t want them dead.  According to Jesus, I need to be willing to lay down my life for them. 

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6 Responses to “Emergent and Al Qaeda sitting in a tree…”

  1. toddh on July 23rd, 2007 3:37 pm

    This could be titled: “When your conservatism drives you completely insane.”

  2. Beyond Words on July 24th, 2007 7:40 am

    Thanks for speaking up on this, Mark. Did you ever notice how Jesus didn’t spend his time correcting peoples’ doctrine on election or gender roles or church polity? I think we can read the gospels and figure out what matters most to Him. If Al Qaeda pays any attention at all to the church, they’re clapping their hands with glee that we are so divided and uncharitable towards each other. A house divided….Who said that? Hmmm

  3. James Diggs on July 24th, 2007 9:28 am

    I frankly see that religion wrapped in nationalist fundamentalism is really the big problem; whether it wraps up the religion of Islam or even Christianity it makes no difference. Patore’s rant kind of shows this. The logic and paradigms he himself is using to disparage the emergent church is very similar to the logic and paradigms used in Radical Islam.

    Kind of scary, I think as followers of Jesus in America we need to take a hard look in the mirror.



  4. Jackson on July 24th, 2007 12:54 pm

    ignorance is no longer bliss. It is dangerous, narrow minded, and often times filled with hatred.

  5. JVD on July 25th, 2007 12:11 pm

    Pure drivel. What more can I say? I mean, I am not some emergent poster child, but come on… JVD

  6. Robert Roberg on July 26th, 2007 1:36 pm

    Well said, Jesus would not blow up anyone and calls us to love our enemies.

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