Monday, May 24, 2010

Patronizing Dishonesty

Carl Trueman at Reformation 21 in regards to Ergun Caner who has spun a wild and fake background of himself asks:

"Am I alone in finding it offensive that these people who lay claim to being leaders in the church think that the rest of us are so stupid that we cannot see this for the patronizing dishonesty that it is?" (source)

The short answer?  No, he is not alone in finding it offensive. I find it incredibly offensive. 

The longer answer though, is one that it seems very few people really care about, or wish to read about.  I say "seems" but I admit my perception on that may be incorrect.  From where I sit however, it does seem like there are far more professing Christians willing to make excuses for Ergun Caner's lies than to call them what they are. I like the way Carl Trueman put it in this post:

"Most normal people would regard a cock and bull story concocted about growing up in Turkey and having a background in jihadi culture, if not actually true, then as being a pack of lies put forward for personal gain by playing on American evangelical fears about Islam."

Yep, one would think most normal people would, but the more blind defense of and loyalty towards Caner that I read about and hear about, the more I wonder if that's actually true. Or, and the question should be obvious... maybe these folks are not normal people? I don't say that with malice toward them at all, but you really have to wonder what's going on in the morality and logic department of professing Christians when they excuse a pack of lies, and defend the one lying. Let's be honest here, this isn't a sign of "normal" or right, for someone with a Christian worldview.

It has been said time and time again and I will repeat it here once more: this is an issue of honesty and integrity.  We (the church in general) must not stand for it, tolerate it, excuse it or try to sweep it under the rug, simply because the source of the lies is one of "us".  I still hold out hope that Caner will come forward with a confession of the truth from his own lips, and genuine repentance.  As a professing Christian, there is no other acceptable solution.  Of course that will have serious implications both personal and professional, but that should never stand in the way of doing the right thing before a holy God that you say you love.

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