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Pat Robertson: Say What??

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First saw it on CNN. Then, according to Independent UK:

Pat Robertson, one of the most influential Christian evangelists in the United States, has sparked controversy by calling for the assassination of the left-wing leader of Venezuela.

Mr. Robertson, who heads the Christian Coalition and has close links to the White House, said the US should kill President Hugo Chavez because he wanted to turn his Catholic country into “the launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism”.

Sigh.

I know Robertson doesn’t speak for the Christians of America, but should Robertson be allowed to go on misrepresenting what Christ is truly about?

I’m a Christian. But I’m also a Malaysian, so I’m a different “breed” of Christian, sort of. I can watch from afar, because I’m not part of the “system,” so to speak.

When I look at the state of Christianity in America, sometimes I shake my head. Not that we Malaysian Christians are so great (we have to combat an anti-intellectual streak, pastor-worship, superstitious ways and our own brand of extremism as well), but sometimes it dismays me to see Christians forgetting that the message of Christ is not to kill but to love: it is one of radical love.

Lately, right-wing Christians have melded nationalism with religion; it clouds the main message of Christ. To whom do we owe our allegiance? To our country or to Christ? Which comes first? Some, to “balance” these two, have used the Bible to support their political views. That’s … sad!

Other news sources. Meanwhile, the blogosphere is abuzz.

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