Measured and found to be something short of godly
Lietta has written about Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was - to my surprise - by label a German Evangelical.
Watch the 90-minute DVD and you'll be wont to say that Bonhoeffer "was a German evangelical Christian," not
to be confused in any way shape or form with American Evangelical Christians.
The American evangelical version is founded in literalism and totally in thrall to Darby and company's End
Times fantasies which are as justifiably based on genuine bible verses as Superboy is based on the official history of Kansas.
Although I had heard the name and read a few things ascribed to Bonhoeffer, I knew literally nothing about
him. I've been someone who for years has asked if there exists ANY deep Christian evangelical theologian as opposed to the
myriad evangelical apologists who have mastered the art of verse memorization, hiding behind walls of shallow dogma
or shouting from pulpits more stage than podium; tossing supposed quote bombs to justify junior high school religious
Nobody ever responded with the name of any in-depth Christian evangelical theologian. And no, I never considered
Billy Graham a theologian, merely first and foremost a dyed in the wool tent-meeting preacher whose doctrines never went deeper
than anything buddy Falwell, Robertson, Kennedy also found in the shallow end of the scriptural pool.
... until Bonhoeffer.
Americans have no evangelical of any equal stature.
In this regard Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle's Mars Hill Church is found greatly wanting and merely
one of the dime-a-dozen bible-quoters passing themselves off as profound spiritual thinkers. It's almost an insult to consider
the likes of Bonhoeffer the EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN LEADER and Driscoll the evangelical christian leader.
Bonhoeffer's test of fire in the relentless and almost hopeless crucible of 1930's and 1940's Germany where
the government was deliberately egging the populace on toward moral suicide brought him face to face with Christ and God in
a context of life's most serious and tragic moral dilemmas.
What has been driscoll's test of fire?
From what crucible was forged his little guy's spirituality that revealed a foolish and shallow patriarchal
... a pretended godly demeanor that belittles his Christian sisters in a way barely removed from how the guys
all talk about women at the Elk Snout Tavern?
So long as we have shallow and immature thinkers posing as deeply devout and true Christian ministers, we'll
see no movement toward a national spiritual maturity. What we'll get is on-going embarrassment from mostly men (but not all
Christian doofuses are male) who bring forth such intelligent and deep spiritual frisbees as ....
"If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being." --Jerry Falwell--
"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over
you. Yes, hate is good... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this
country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism." --Randall Terry --
"Nobody has the right to worship on this planet any other God than Jehovah. And therefore the state does not
have the responsibility to defend anybody's pseudo-right to worship an idol." --Rev. Joseph Morecraft, Chalcedon Presbyterian
-- "This is God's world, not Satan's. Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians." --Gary North --
"There will never be world peace until God's house and God's people are given their rightful place of leadership
at the top of the world. How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of
Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy moneychangers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals
are on top?" -- Pat Robertson --
"The number one virtue in America has become the number one threat, and one of the top two or three threats
to the cause of Christ. That virtue is tolerance." --Josh McDowell--
"American Veterans are to blame for the fag takeover of this nation. They have the power in their political
lobby to influence the zeitgeist, get the fags out of the military, and back in the closet where they belong!"
"Not only is homosexuality a sin, but anyone who supports fags is just as guilty as they are. You are both
worthy of death." -- Fred Phelps (Westboro Baptist Church)--
"With all due respect to those dear people, my friend, God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew." --
Bailey Smith --
"I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is
one nation under God." -- George Bush Sr. (President of the United States)--
"I do not believe the homosexual community deserves minority status. One's misbehavior does not qualify him
or her for minority status. Blacks, Hispanics, women, etc., are God-ordained minorities who do indeed deserve minority status."
--Jerry Falwell --
"I don't think so, sir, that Buddhists and other faiths - and I won't speak to all faiths because I'm not
a theologian - recognize the Creator, God," Moore replied. "Some might, but if they do, it's not the God of the Holy Scriptures.
And that's why the Bible is used for the very foundation upon which we take our oaths." --Roy Moore, during court testimony
over the Ten Commandments monument he installed in the Alabama Judicial Building--
"I have many Muslim friends, but I want the people of this country to know that the god of Islam is not the
Christian god. The god of Islam is not a father. The god of Christianity was the father of Jesus Christ." -- Franklin Graham,
Billy's son --
"The perversion that follows homosexuality is bestiality and then human sacrifice and cannibalism." -- --Barbara
Blewster, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Arizona State Legislature --
"God Hates Fags!" --Rev. Fred Phelps
"If it takes 10 years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord." --Jerry Falwell, on "CNN Late Edition
With Wolf Blitzer"--
and finally the summum cum laudanum of driscoll's theology as given by God's Grand Blowhard Mouthpiece, Mr.
Robertson: "I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man,
your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period.
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages
women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians."