To The Daily Sun,
I don't know E. Scott Cracraft, except by his columns and letters in the Daily Sun, but I get the impression that he has a low opinion of evangelical Christians and those who hold conservative (sometimes called traditional) values. He doesn't seem to be very tolerant of those of us who hold those views, and someone needs to correct statements that are misleading, thus this letter.
The implication that many evangelical Christians are calling for the execution of gay people and those women who have abortions is absurd. There may be a very few (not even a fringe) who feel that way, but I know none who have even mentioned such a thing. I have heard no preacher in our country calling for the death penalty for gays. Anyone who does is not representative of the vast majority of conservative, evangelical Christians.
Mr. Cracraft warns us about something called "Christian dominionism." As one who has been involved in Christian evangelical fellowship most of my years, to date I do not recall ever having been involved in a discussion of Christian dominionism. I have discussed the dominion of God and the lordship of Jesus Christ. I am acquainted with the term "apologetics" which involves defending the Christian faith, and not apologizing for it.
To Mr. Cracraft and those who share his concern about Christian beliefs and practice I ask: Would you like your worldview to be the dominate one in America? I expect you would and would be puzzled if you did not. Do you believe Muslims would like their beliefs to be the dominate one not only of Iran, but also of the United States? I expect they do.
Mr. Cracraft's references are internet sites. My guess and research leads me to believe that the term Christian dominionism is one used more by the those that like to label some people with unpopular viewpoints than it is by Christians.
However, followers of Jesus Christ realize that they are going to be misunderstood and misrepresented and belittled for their beliefs. That is a small thing in light of the fact that they have experienced the love and power of God in their lives, and purpose to live their lives by the commandments of Jesus to love God with all their being and to love their neighbor as themselves. That love extends to the unborn baby that is killed in the womb, and, believe it or not, to the mother who chooses to end her baby's life.
One internet site reveals three beliefs of those it labels Christian dominionists. The first is that they believe that the U.S.A. should be a Christian nation. There are people who with reason believe that a nation governed by Christian values makes for a better nation; not a perfect one, because Christians aren't perfect, but a better one. Mr. Cracraft seems to believe that a nation without Christians (at least evangelical Christians) would be better.
The second supposed trait of a Christian dominionist is said to be that they do not respect the equality of other religions. The idea that all religions are equal defies logic. Some Christians don't like to use the word religion in describing their faith because they feel it is misleading. But how can all beliefs be equal when they contradict each other? Do those in political parties think that the opposing party is equal in value? The rhetoric I hear doesn't indicate that. Should we respect the equality of all restaurants? Does it make me a bad person if I choose one over the other?
The third charge against the so-called dominionists is that they believe that the Ten Commandments should be the foundation of American law. The fact is that they have been just that in practice until recent decades even though it may not be stated in the documents. The commandments are good and right and sensible and the keeping of them makes for a better society.
Does the evangelical, conservative (in some ways, liberal) Christian want to promote the good news of Jesus Christ? Would he like to see others accept all that Jesus offers them? Of course! But theirs is not a mission of hate, nor of imposing their beliefs on others against their will, nor of denying freedom of religion, nor of advocating execution of people whose conduct they don't like, nor of denying people a vote. Who, really, are the ones who have been trying to impose their values on us? Whose agenda is the extreme one? Who has been questioning the intelligence of Christians? Who are the intolerant?
Mr. Cracraft may be a very nice man. I choose to think that he is, but I also think he is barking up the wrong tree.
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