Allies of Al-Qaeda?

A fellow named Frank Pastore opines: “Why Al Qaeda Supports the Emergent Church.”

The emergent church is an ally in the war against radical Islam–al Qaeda’s ally. Not in the sense they are supplying bullets and bombs to Osama, of course, but in the sense they are weakening our conviction to fight.

If those in the emergent “we’re-a-missional-not-an-institutional” church had their way, American church buildings would be just like European church buildings – empty. And the church, the people themselves, would be so intellectually, morally, emotionally, and spiritually lost, confused and uncertain, that they would be incapable of doing hardly anything more than inviting their Muslim oppressors in for a cappuccino and a good conversation about the sociology of knowledge, the absurdity of propositional truth, and the misplaced certitude of the Muslim metanarrative. All the while, no doubt, nodding in agreement that America probably deserved to die and mumbling something about carbon footprints. …

The emergent church has rejected the “linear” and “modern” categories of true/false, good/evil, and right/wrong, and they recoil at the notion of applying these terms to Christianity or any other faith tradition–even radical Islam. To believe Christianity is true, good, and right is divisive, offensive, and well, rude and anti-conversational.

It’s time to call these people out from the shadows and expose them to the light of public scrutiny.

Their unwillingness to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong, and good from evil leave them intellectually immobilized to resist the encroachment of false teaching and heresy, and even incapable of knowing the good guys from the bad guys in the war for the free world.

The whole point of terrorism is to destroy the will of the enemy to fight.

Whose side are they on, anyway?

According to the brief bio on that webpage, Pastore “is the winner of the 2006 National Religious Broadcasters Talk Show of the Year. Frank is a former major league pitcher with graduate degrees in both philosophy of religion and political philosophy.”

Mark Evans, blogging at Jesus Manifesto, responds:

I have a number of problems with this:

  • It reminds me of the way Americans talked about Anabaptists during WWII.
  • I don’t know a single emerging-type person that doesn’t distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong, or good and evil.
  • The last time I read the Bible, Jesus calls us to turn the other cheek and love our enemies, not blow the hell out of them.

He asks: “Whose side are they on?” Well, I guess, to be honest, I’m actually not on the side of America on this one. As lame as it sounds: I’m on the side of Jesus. I know that Islamo-Fascist terrorists want me dead. But I don’t want them dead. According to Jesus, I need to be willing to lay down my life for them.