“Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
John 8:39-47 (New International Version)
When I listen to, or read the current Right-Wing, Christian (usually White and Male) Fundagelicals, spew their crap in the media it makes me wonder what “Jesus” they subscribe to. When you hear them bringing “God” into the equation; and invoking his “approval” on their behavior, I wonder what “God” are they referring to. It’s interesting when I hear them invoke “Father God” in prayer. What kind of “Father” would allow his children to act the way these individuals have over the generations-usually at the expense of others?
However, if we look at Jesus’ attack in the opening Scripture text, we see that our Right-Wing “Christian” Fundagelicals are sorely mistaken. You see, the “Father/Mother God” they serve is not the God of love, justice, equity and creativity that Jesus preached. No my friends, these individuals’ father/mother is the devil him/herself! That’s right. If we truly follow what Jesus taught, anyone that could endorse racism, misogyny, militarism, economic inequity, social injustice, etc is of the devil-Satan him/herself! When these folk talk about “following Christ”, they’re really following an “Antichrist” created out of their twisted egos. Their “father” that it prays to and say is “blessing” it is the devil. All those crosses, Bibles, sacraments, etc. are a sham. They’re just “fakin’ the funk” as we used to say.
Now you may say why am I casting the devil in this light when I recently wrote a harmless piece about him/her? If anything I look at Satan likened to a prosecuting attorney, testing the faithfulness of people (look at Job and Jesus); or as the “stumbling block” God used in the Old Testament to keep people in check (remember Balaam?). It has been said the “devil”, “Satan” are really parts of us inclined to evil. Either way, these Fundagelicals have been having the wrong role model for generations!
And you want to know a bigger tragedy? These folk think they’re true Christians! Ain’t that a blip! What they don’t realize that all the evil they’ve done, thinking the true God’s just going to turn a blind eye, is going to catch up with them. In fact, they lived under a delusion in thinking that they’re doing “God’s will” (ref. John 16:1-3 and 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). This delusion will eventually be their downfall. The devil will keep feeding them their age-old diet of lies, delusions and fantasies they’ve has enjoyed (usually at the cost of others)- while totally ignoring Jesus’ message of love, compassion, justice, and peace-until it all comes to a crashing end.
When that end comes, these people will have done more to kill Christianity than anyone else. And when these people face God Him/Herself and realize the damage they did by having the wrong father/mother for God, what then? How these people, have they truly been having God as their Father/Mother, would have done different in history right up to our age? What answers will they give?
In fact, there’s one answer they need to answer now before it’s too late: “Who’s your Daddy?”