If you didn’t see CNN’s Christian Amanpour’s three night special, God’s Warrior’s, you’ve missed some of the best reporting I’ve seen. Please catch it this weekend! I want to offer a couple of thoughts on last night’s coverage of God’s Christian Warriors.
1. First of all, I’m not quick to say that Amanpour’s coverage was as balanced as a lot of other people are. The reason is that as she talked with Christians last night, the report seemed to equate some things that don’t quite add up. For instance, I don’t think that the bombings of abortion clinics by insane individuals is the same thing as the radical Islamic culture of death. There’s a difference between individuals acting alone and building schools designed to teach hate and terrorism. There’s also a difference between appropriate dress and Teen Mania’s Honor Academy and the Taliban’s law forcing women to cover completely from head-to-toe and never leave the house without a man. Those equations make me think that Amanpour may not have been fair to Islam and Judaism which I know much less about.
2. Falwell’s “Pit-bulls”: Under NO circumstances should people who claim to be acting on behalf of God deliberately use imagery that is predominantly associated with attacking and violence. Pit-bulls, at least to my knowledge, are notorious for attacking the weak and the small; often children. That very imagery goes against what I hold dear about Christ. That’s not to say that Jesus is never controversial, but the Spirit of Jesus does not attempt to hurt, destroy or kill. That’s what pit-bulls do. Remember: Micheal Vick owned pit-bulls.
3. Thank God for Greg Boyd and others like him. Boyd made a lot of sense last night. I commend to you his book, The Myth of a Christian Nation.
4. People homeschool for a lot of reasons. I thought Amanpour was stretching her point when she highlighted the homeschooling movement. Rochelle and I have considered homeschooling and our faith is part of the reason. Here are two other reasons: (1) schools aren’t great at teaching anymore and (2) we don’t want our girls shot in the cafeteria. Those are matters of faith to us, but not necessarily matters of faith.
5. After watching some of all three nights I can better understand those that say that religion is the problem in America. When you name a TV special, “God’s Warriors” that creates a certain imagination and sends you in search of a certain kind of person. The result? The special reports the ugly parts and ugly people of the three great world religions. I wonder what a special would look like that examined “God’s Peacemakers?” People would likely see a very different story–if anyone bothered to watch.