Tuesday's post about one of the nation's leading evangelicals encouraging scandalized U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is Jewish, to try Jesus instead of therapy garnered upward of 900 comments.
Some commenters defended the evangelical leader in question, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler:
Nothing wrong with what the evangelist guy said ... People – he's an evangelist!!
If you didn't already know, Christianity comes from Jewish roots. SO what if he tries to speak to a Jewish man about Christ, it is for the Jew first then for the Greek (Gentiles) ... Jesus is the only way.
Others said that Mohler was out of line:
Weiner needs therapy or some kind or counseling ... Not religion. Certainly not someone else's religion. Absurd!
It's typical of the pathological thinking that infests so many Christians. It's all about guilt, self-loathing, and arrogant assumptions. The guilt and self-loathing is expressed in forms such as "He, like all human beings, is a sinner". There is just this wide-open assumption that there is such a thing as "sin" and that everyone is guilty. The arrogance is revealed in the breathtaking statement that the only solution to this affliction is "atonement" via "Jesus". Where do people get that gall to make such statements? Where do they get the nerve to assume that their personal psychological experience somehow invalidates all others? Weiner is sickening, but people like Mohler are worse. Far worse.
And, as per usual, many used the story to riff on religion generally and related subjects:
Therapy, Jesus, Prozac, Television, Marijuana, etc. ad nauseam.
The United States has a lot of options for distraction and anesthetization to keep the citizenry complacent.
I love this fascination with sin. If God created man in his own image then why didn't he create man with the ability to not sin? No, not only did he know that Man was going to sin he did nothing to stop it and punished Man anyway. Now THAT is a loving God!