Alabama Governer Controversy
Here is what he said… (Remember he is speaking to those in a Church.)
(CNN) – Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is kicking off his first term in office with a bit of controversy, telling a church audience Monday that he only considers Christians to be his “brothers and sisters.” “Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters,” he told parishioners at a Baptist church in Montgomery Monday shortly after being sworn in. “So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”
Can we remember something called context. Yes he is a public figure, but he is also a person with his own right to believe and live. He was speaking not primarily as a Governor but as a Christian in a church.
Here is my rant:
• He is a Christian and what he said was theologically correct! No one of any other religion can prove differently.
• His motivation was not division but rather hopeful inclusion. “…and I want to be your brother.”
• He was in a CHURCH people. Sorry but in church you tend to speak about your religious beliefs. In a Mosque Allah and Mohammed comes up, in Mormon temples they will talk about Moroni from time to time, Buddhists will talk about the teachings of Buddhism, Hindus will talk about the teachings of Hindu, in atheism I guess they just sit around and look at each other. Are we seeing a pattern? Are Christian teachings NOT allowed in a Christian church?
• To cut it short… it seems like when Christians make statements that are in agreement with their convictions Tolerance is decreed as the ultimate virtue, except where Christians are concerned, there it ends up in short supply? I wonder where it goes. Strange phenomenon?
• He did apologize. (See it in the link below) Not for what he believed but for how he presented it? So will this set a precedent? Should those of any faith in public service never speak of their faith? They might offend someone. You don’t see this firestorm when those of other faiths speak about their faith.
Should public figures need to hide their beliefs and faith?
Do we expect it of all faiths or does it seem to be just the Christian faith?
How should we deal with this issue personally in a working environment?
How can we be respectful of the beliefs of others and yet not compromise our convictions?