The Scandal of ‘Evangelical’ Hypocrisy: Prayer, ISIS, and Obama

Friday night I received an email from the founder of a self-described Christian event planning organization, who wrote,

Over the last 48 hours we have focused our creativity and resources on supporting an appropriate response to the 21 Egyptian Christian martyrs.” He goes on to explain that his team created a website, asked thousands of churches to have a “Moment of Silence” on Sunday, February 22, and is encouraging people to pray every morning during Lent at 7:03 a.m. for “solidarity.”

This email highlights two enormous problems associated with self-described American Christians. First, either they are entirely ignorant or blatantly hypocritical or both, when it comes to which “crisis” to pray about, why, and when.

Why ask now for prayer—because 21 Christians were killed on a video?

Why was there no “solidarity through prayer” movement initiated after:

And—this list doesn’t even come close to listing what happened last year alone. In fact, Persecution.org recently drew attention to the fact that persecution of Christians is daily, and has been for decades.

If people want to pray after 21 martyrs were beheaded perhaps they should recognize that every single person, including many Christians, who twice voted President Obama into the White House have the blood of these Christians on their heads.

Which brings me to my second point: this email reveals that far too many Christians know nothing about Islam, what Barack Obama stands for, or what right action they should take in response.

To Clarify: ISIS is Islam. They are not radical extremists. There is no such thing. Islam is neither a religion nor peaceful. It is a totalitarian ideology based on violence and control.

Muslims who behead non-Muslims like ISIS, are following the Quran’s instructions and Muhammad’s example. Muhammad initiated beheading—by first beheading thousands of Jews after he stole their possessions and women and children. He beheaded them in the public square in Medina for everyone there to witness.

Islam literally means submission to Allah, as outlined in the Quran. Submission or death, are the only two choices for non-Muslims. Anyone who argues otherwise is lying or deceived.

To Clarify: Obama is a Muslim and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian officials on numerous occasions attest to this truth; even its major newspaper confirmed this on its front page. Comprehensive, sourced information about the Muslim Brotherhood can be found here; but its motto is:

Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law.

Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!”

Barack Obama is why:

  • Many members of the Muslim Brotherhood hold high-level positions in nearly every federal agency,
  • The FBI, Homeland Security, and the U.S. military have revised and limited their “counter-terror” training, removing all language related to Muslims from their materials,
  • 14 Muslim leaders, including several from Muslim Brotherhood front groups that have ties to Hamas were just in the White House,
  • As reported by Egypt Daily News, $8 billion USD was secretly transferred to the Muslim Brotherhood to guarantee that the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula is turned over to the Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorist wing Hamas, and why
  • The State Department is actively promoting Islam in Europe.

(The State Department recently admitted that it lied about hosting a meeting at Georgetown University with members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Additionally, Khairat El-Shater, the number two man in the Muslim Brotherhood hierarchy—now in custody by the Egyptian military claims he has documents to prove that U.S. government officials bribed Muslim Brotherhood leaders.)

To Clarify: Obama has been working with funders in Qatar for the last decade: to advance Islam.

Obama created, funds, and used the U.S. military to train ISIS in Jordan and Qatar. Even one of ISIS’s leaders, Yousef al-Salafi in Pakistan, told reporters that, “the Obama Administration is funding ISIS.”

To Clarify: Obama is not fighting ISIS because our military trained them and our tax dollars continue to fund them.

This is why our country has deliberately not helped Christians pleading for their lives in Iraq and Syria.

This is why Obama refused to back Egypt’s bombing of ISIS in Libya after Christians were slaughtered, and why he rejected the Jordanian president’s request for aid.

In the entire history of the United States our military has never ever not once left working artillery, weapons, and ammunition for the enemy’s use until Barack Obama.

This was well planned and began prior to when American operatives in 2004 smuggled Gaddafi’s weapons from Benghazi to Turkish mercenaries, who were then trained to overthrow Assad. Once the Syrian crisis spilled across the border, it was a matter of time for ISIS to become what it is now, and what it will become—because it will get worse.

Where and how do “praying Christians” think ISIS acquired their guns, trucks, and ammo? Or where do they think ISIS is using U.S. military weapons and brand new Toyota trucks?

Barack Obama is guilty of treason for funding, harboring, aiding, and abetting America’s enemies as defined by the U.S. Constitution. He is also guilty of committing crimes against humanity as defined by the International Human Rights Court, including orchestrating genocide.

Praying at 7:03 every morning is not the answer to ISIS or genocide. Nor is suggesting solidarity among thousands of churches to pray for a few minutes on Sunday morning before congregants continue on with the rest of their day.

To Clarify: I do not devalue prayer; it is necessary for life. But, what continues to amaze me is that 21 years after I first read Mark Noll’s book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, the Christian mind today is worse off, intentionally ignorant, delusional, or in denial.

It’s incredibly disconcerting to receive an email from someone who owns an apartment in Manhattan, hobnobs with people from the Hamptons to the Berkshires, Los Angeles, and London, who charges exorbitant rates for Christians to hear speakers they could otherwise hear for free elsewhere, that only confirms too many self-describing Christians are completely out of touch with reality.

What is needed today in the Christian community, from leaders, pastors, and ordinary citizens, is to name and fight evil. This requires courage to name and hold accountable everyone in our government guilty of treason. The government is God’s instrument for justice, to restrain evil and promote its citizen’s wellbeing. The American government is in shambles and has failed its people.

Every Christian should read the Quran to understand its perversity. Christians do not worship Allah, who is a revised version of Baal. Jesus is not a prophet who points to Allah. And unlike Muhammad, Jesus did not behead people.

Islam is evil because it enslaves people to a false ideology that promotes nothing but violence. Christians are commanded to rescue those trapped in bondage, to deliver the oppressed, the widows, orphans, and those traded like candy bars, who are completely defenseless.

By remaining silent or even justifying Obama in any way, instead of exposing his crimes, Christians actually condone ISIS. Obama has made known his support for Islam in his books and speeches. Yet, he and many in Congress remain unchallenged and freely commit grievous crimes against humanity.

If Christians claim to be committed to social justice (defending the poor, the widow, the orphan) then why are they astoundingly silent about an administration and congress that has, more than any other previously combined, created unspeakable suffering for widows, orphans, and the poor—in the name of Islam?

Prayer is definitely needed—to convict the arrogant, selfish, self-righteous, and ignorant that enable the travesty of ISIS. Prayer is also needed for those who have the courage to stand for what is right.

What is right is what Jesus screams about in Matthew 23. What is right is what God commands throughout the Bible specifically in Ezekiel 3 and 33.

Otherwise “celebrating” Lent or Easter only makes a mockery of Jesus Christ, provides a false witness to non-believers and creates a false sense of self worth for people to feel better about themselves when they pray every morning at 7:03 a.m.

February 23, 2015