I don’t know of any Christian who still listens to, or follows the wisdom of ex-con Jim Bakker. But apparently major American media sources, always looking for a way to discredit those who belong to Jesus, think we must. And so in the latest edition of “Let’s-find-a-crazy-preacher-saying-something-crazy-that-we-can-pretend-it’s-what-orthodox-Christians-believe-so-we-can-smear-Christianity,” the Hill reports:
Televangelist Jim Bakker is predicting that Christians would begin a second civil war in the U.S. if President Trump were impeached.
“If it happens, there will be a civil war in the United States of America. The Christians will finally come out of the shadows, because we are going to be shut up permanently if we’re not careful,” he said on “The Jim Bakker Show” in a clip highlighted by Right Wing Watch.
Obviously Right Wing Watch is a bit of a kooky, unreliable source for respected media outlets to be citing, but nonetheless, the video certainly checks out as being Bakker. So while I don’t claim to be a spokesman for evangelical Christianity in America, I can certainly say without equivocation that a far higher percentage of evangelical Christians in America will agree with me than will agree with this disgraced former televangelist when I say this is total nonsense.
The mission of Christians is not to fight with weapons of flesh and blood, but to war daily against every proud notion that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. We take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.
In other words, we are actively involved in the political sphere – where bad ideas surface regularly – just as we are actively involved in every realm of life. If we serve a sovereign God who is the authority over all things, then there isn’t an area of life where His voice should not be heard and heeded. That is our mission as believers.
That mission is not advanced by talking irresponsibly about waging a literal war against fellow citizens over the hypothetical impeachment of President Donald Trump. Christians should defend President Trump when he is right and is leading in righteousness. And Christians should confront and rebuke President Trump when he is wrong and leading in unrighteousness. We have a King to whom we owe our total loyalty and devotion – but He and His Kingdom are not of this world.
To the degree that Jim Bakker doesn’t understand that reveals how far away from actual Christianity he remains, and how irresponsible it is for mainstream media to pretend otherwise when quoting him.