More Christian “leaders” are giving us their wisdom as to why the Colorado shootings happened. This time, it’s Fred Jackson, the news director for the American Family Association, speaking with Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action Ministries (courtesy of Right Wing Watch, which has audio clips).
I’ve highlighted all the reasons they offer as to why the shooter committed this crime — the shooter himself? Guns? Insanity? Not on the list.
Jackson: In the community there were community standards that reflected biblical principles, whether people knew it or not, the standard in the community was based on Scripture. In that short period of time, roughly forty years, we have seen such a transformation in values in our communities, whether it’s rural or whether it’s big city. I have to think that all of this, whether it’s the Hollywood movies, whether it’s what we see on the internets [sic], whether it’s liberal bias in the media, whether it’s our politicians changing public policy, I think all of those somehow have fit together—and I have to say also churches who are leaving the authority of Scripture and losing their fear of God—all of those things have seem to have come together to give us these kinds of incidents.
Newcombe: I think that’s so true. It’s as if we said to God, publicly or in the public arena, ‘get out, You’re not welcome here anymore’ and it’s as if God removed His protection from our land.
Later in the program, Jackson and Teddy James of AFA Journal continued the list because they hadn’t covered everything:
Jackson: I think the sources of this is [sic] multifaceted but you can put it all I think under the heading of rebellion to God, a rejection of the God of the Bible. I think along with an education system that has produced our lawyers, our politicians, more teachers, more professors, all of that sort of thing, is our churches, mainline churches. We’ve been dealing Teddy and I know the AFA Journal has been dealing with denominations that no longer believe in the God of the Bible, they no longer believe that Jesus is the only way of salvation, they teach that God is OK with homosexuality, this is just increasing more and more. It is mankind shaking its fist at the authority of God.
James: And God will not be silent when he’s mocked, and we need to remember that.
Jackson: We are seeing his judgment. You know, some people talk about ‘God’s judgment must be just around the corner,’ we are seeing it.
Don’t be so quick to dismiss these men as not representative of the Christian population at large. The AFA has a $20,000,000 budget and nearly 200 employees. They wouldn’t be this powerful if Christians didn’t give them money.
Oh. And Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel says the shootings are no different that what you would see at Planned Parenthood:
Let me be clear: Am I comparing this incredibly wicked, illegal mass murder at Aurora’s Century Theatre to the incredibly wicked, legal mass murder committed at Planned Parenthoods across the country each day? Absolutely — and you can quote me on it.
Done and done.