see you in hell

Posted in: political rants, theological rants- Dec 08, 2015 No Comments

On Friday, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. remarked at a convocation:

I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them.

“those Muslims”

Dear God.

“But, but, but,” you say, “Falwell was referring to the Islamic terrorists behind Paris and San Bernardino.” And you would be correct. When asked about it later, he stated:

[That distinction is] the only thing I would clarify. If I had to say what I said again, I’d say exactly the same thing.

Every article that I’ve seen about Falwell’s statements centers around the gun argument. While this is certainly an important issue, it is ultimately not what makes Falwell’s statements so very wrong.

It’s Not About Guns

Let’s look at what he said, again, keeping in mind that it is a statement that he had opportunity to revise and chose not to do so (emphases mine):

I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them.

Now, it’s not clear if the phrase “killed them” is referring to what the terrorists did or to killing the terrorists. But there is no doubt whatsoever what “we could end those Muslims” means. Even with no familiarity with common vernacular, it is obvious that a reference to “ending” someone means to end that person’s life.

Note that Falwell did not say that the terrorists could have been stopped before taking all those lives. He did not even say that they could have been stopped, and the only way that he could conceive of doing so is to kill them. No, he skips all that stuff – he simply wants them ended.

deniro2Why do I keep envisioning Falwell doing a bad Robert De Niro impression as Al Capone in The Untouchables? “I want him dead! I want his family dead! I want his house burned to the ground!”

This kind of statement is not about protecting innocent people. It’s not even about seeking justice. It is solely a thirst for vengeance. And yet Paul told Christians:

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

And that Guy after whom they named Christianity said:

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

But Wait, There’s More

But let’s say that you don’t buy the “vengeance” angle. There is another aspect against which there is no argument.

The Liberty University doctrinal statement (to which, I would imagine, Falwell subscribes) says:

We affirm that each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.

And later, it states:

The unsaved will then be raised and judged according to their works and separated forever from God in hell.

The former statement does not apply to those of the Muslim faith. Therefore, the latter statement must apply to the terrorists whom Falwell seeks to “end.”

In short, he wants them in hell. And he would be all too happy to speed that process along. Contrast that with what Peter (easily the most blood-thirsty of Jesus’ disciples) wrote about God:

The Lord is … not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.


P.S. Here’s The Problem

As I stated before, all the articles out there revolve around the issue of gun control — most of them decrying what Falwell said. But the various factors surrounding guns are open for debate. And because the vast majority of this country sees nearly every political issue as binary, any argument surrounding such an issue automatically causes the “other side” to immediately tune out. Worse yet, you wind up with people like Todd Starnes* who write articles that are ostensibly in support of Falwell, but are really just a reaction to articles criticizing what he said.

And worst of all, you wind up with millions running around social media praising a man who wants certain people to go directly to hell without passing Go or collecting $200.

To my well-meaning friends decrying Falwell’s statements as they pertain to gun issues, please stop. You’re just enabling stupidity.

* What? You actually think I was going to link to that clown? Go Google it for yourself.

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