It seems that ever since 9/11, Conservative Fundamentalist preachers have declared open season on anyone who doesn't agree with their world view. In addition, as my good friend Polycarp writes over at The Church of Jesus Christ, we've seen a number of false prophets come forth declaring that Sarah Palin is a modern day Esther or Deborah or that God has endorsed Sarah Palin because Bush is a "Christian". Besides being blatantly promoting idolatry and false doctrine, these preachers are complicit in keeping their congregations ignorant and in fear. Don't believe me? Take a look below at an actual protest sign from a rally in Ohio recently.
One has to wonder how someone like this doesn't fall down and hurt themselves while putting on their pants. Aside from the ignorant statement that Sen. Obama is a Muslim, it appears that this "Christian" has forgotten the 9th Commandment about bearing false witness.
Additionally, if this "Christian" knew his scripture, he'd know that this type of slander and rumor mongering has been prohibited by God since Leviticus 19:16 in which God tells Moses “Do NOT go about spreading slander among your people.” As I discussed in another blog post titled "What does scripture say about slander?", the Bible is full of passages warning us not to engage in this sort of behavior.
What I love about this country is that everyone, including preachers, are entitled to and free to speak their opinion. What anyone should find reprehensible, however, is those false prophets teaching destructive heresies and keeping their congregations ignorant with stories they make up. I will end this discussion with the words of Simon Peter as found in 2 Peter 2:
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping...
...For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error....
...It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."