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COMMENTARY: Connor chasing people away from Christ

COMMENTARY: Connor chasing people away from Christ

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Brennan Manning once wrote, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Bill Connor needs to take these words to heart. He claims to be advancing the cause of Christ in his overly-long articles in The Times and Democrat, but in effect, he is chasing people away as he continues to advocate a version of American nationalistic Christianity that has very little to do with Jesus.

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Mr. Connor quotes a lot of conservative historians and politicians, but have you noticed that he seldom, if ever, quotes Jesus. I think this is because the life and teachings of Jesus directly contradict the civil religion that Mr. Connor advocates — one that is based on individualism, laissez faire capitalism and nationalism.

And Mr. Connor and his fellow “evangelicals” publicly fawn over a president who is the exact opposite of Jesus Christ, a president who is narcissistic, self-centered, racist and spews lies and hatred with nearly every breath.

Connor closes his latest rant with these words, “... let us put our faith in Christianity ...,” not Christ, but Christianity. Scripture never says that religion will save us; in fact, Jesus often took issue with the Jewish leaders who claimed just that.

We need to look to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus for the sake of ALL, not to man-made institutions that are so readily compromised.

The T&D would do well to cut ties with Mr. Connor.

The Rev. Rick Mason is from Orangeburg.

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