I get a good bit of email, several from self-described Christians who say their goal is to spread truth to return the U.S. to God and God’s truth.
Oftentimes, though, the messages they send - and urge “real” Christians to spread - are full of falsehoods and outright lies.
The frequency of such messages began increasing when Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination in the fall of 2008 and has been constant since.
Below is one I got this morning, as well as my response. (I really would like someone to answer the questions I posed below, particularly those who say they are guided by Christianity.)
Should Christians check facts before they send around emails like this, or is objective truth not a concern of "real" Christians?
Most of the "facts" in this email are false. (The links proving this are below.) Does that matter to "real" Christians?
In response to that, I had a person on that mass email ask if I was born-again - but he didn’t bother to answer my question about Christianity and the truth.
I don't have any interest in engaging in a conversation about whether or not you ... approve of my religious beliefs. I'll answer to God about such things, not you.
My question ... was aimed directly at the email. He urged Christians to spread an email that was full of falsehoods. I'm wondering how that fits in with Christianity's principle to spread truth, not lies, or do such things not matter as long as you hate and despise the person you are spreading lies about? Can you answer that? Can anyone?
I'm asking because I'm really wondering why we can't simply have good debates and discussions and disagreements - which are common and natural and to be expected - based on fact instead of trying to demean people with whom we don't share a worldview.
Can you answer that? Or does that not matter when it comes to Christianity?
I guess that’s a start.