Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor
I am not now, nor have I ever been a fan of Bill Maher. I don’t care in the least for the way he mocks and lampoons Christianity and those who seek to follow Christ. When he gets going on one of his rants, I can literally feel my blood pressure rising. I would vehemently argue that he doesn’t understand the heart of Christ or the essence of Christianity.
And then he went and said this… (the following is an edited version of his words)
“For almost two thousand years, Christians have been lawyering the Bible to try and figure out how “love thy neighbor” can mean “hate thy neighbor” and how “turn the other cheek” can mean “screw you, I’m buying space lasers.”
“If you rejoice in revenge, torture, and war . . . you cannot say you’re a follower of the guy who explicitly said, “Love your enemies” and, “Do good to those who hate you”…
“Nonviolence was kind of Jesus’ trademark. Kind of His big thing. To not follow that part of it is kind of like joining Greenpeace and hating whales.”
“There’s interpreting, and then there’s just ignoring.
[Now he talks about Osama Bin Laden]
“I say ‘hallelujah’ because my favorite new government program is surprising violent religious zealots in the middle of the night and shooting them in the face…
But you see, I can that, because I’m a non-Christian—just like most Christians.
And Christians… I know you hate this, and you want to square this circle, but you can’t. I’m not judging you, I’m just saying logically that if you ignore every single thing Jesus commanded you to do, you’re not a Christian, you’re just auditing. You’re not Christ’s followers, you’re just fans.”
Bill Maher, “Bill Maher: The Hypocrisy of Evangelical Christians,” Sept. 2, 2015