To the authors of “How Christians can shut down the Tea Party:”
It troubles me that Faithful America is trying to shout down the false Christianity of the Tea Party so-called Christians. I’m sure I hate it as much as you do; but I feel a binding commandment in the scripture “the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all… In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:24-25, KJV). More important than silencing the right-wingers must be praying for their repentance, and along with that must come a willingness to show them that we love them and are concerned for their salvation. We’re not competing with them for the attention of the media, or for votes at the ballot box, or for funding: these are the earthly treasures that moth and rust do corrupt (Matt. 6:19), and fighting over these things constitutes carnal warfare (2 Cor. 10:4) even if no outward swords are drawn, because at the heart of the struggle for worldly influence is the evil desire to defeat, rather than to save, these people. No; fighting “bad guys” only creates more “bad guys,” and keeps us addicted to fighting “bad guys,” who are little more than our own disowned shadows. But Jesus, who forgave his own murderers and prayed for his own enemies, won over his adversary Paul; similarly Francis of Assisi, the Hindu saint Caitanya and the Quaker Mary Fisher won respectful treatment from intolerant Muslim rulers, Gandhi won over his sometime persecutor General Smuts, and even arch-segregationist Governor George Wallace, as a born-again Christian, repudiated his former ways and asked the forgiveness of African-American civil rights leaders. Hate perpetuates strife; love wins. Please consider a change of heart. God calls us to faithfulness, not success in what we’re trying to achieve; if God favors our cause, success may be granted us as a gift.