My son David just wrote this critique of this article written by former NFL player, Ken Hutcherson. The article is great and David’s insight even better. ~ Flip
I read an excellent article this morning by a former NFL player, Ken Hutcherson, on the political correctness of many evangelical organizations in America today. I share his same sentiment when it comes to Christian organizations appeasing evil instead of resisting it. In a desperate attempt to appear attractive and not “offensive”, an overwhelming number of Christian organizations in America have adopted a politically correct policy of appeasement in the face of evil instead of standing at the mid-point of biblical tension on the social issues of our day.
The article appears below, but first I wanted to share a couple of thoughts about Mr. Hutcherson, his recent political stand, and his willingness to fight God’s battles.
First of all, it’s interesting that Ken is a former NFL football player. This is an aggressive sport. He got paid to smack dudes in the mouth. I played football, and I love watching it too. The reason men in America love this sport is because it’s aggressive. Aggression is in our DNA, God put it there. When men get saved God doesn’t change our DNA, He redeems it. The same aggression we once had for evil is now used for good. This means standing against evil, even if it’s not easy. We’re men, that’s what we do.
In terms of Ken’s take on Referendum 74 (same sex marriage vote), if evil is being accepted and appreciated at the national level, aggressive Christian men must lead the charge against it. In the late 1940′s England realized this truth with Neville Chamberlain’s Policy of Appeasement and the Nazi regime. Chamberlain thought he could somehow “appease” the fuehrer, yet Winston Churchill aggressively stood against this policy and proclaimed that they must kill Hitler and destroy the regime in its entirety. It wasn’t long before Chamberlain’s “politically correct” policy fell flat on its face, and Churchill – the more aggressive man – took the reins and joined America in defeating the beast called, Naziism.
My dad always taught me to be aggressive for righteousness and to be a man willing to let the Lion roar when He needs to roar (remember the statement by C.S. Lewis – “Aslan is not a tame lion”). He taught me seven biblical characteristics of King David’s fighting men – Ken is applying several of these:
1. Disciplined to Fight: 1 Chronicles 12:2 - They were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed…”
2. Run to the Roar: 1 Chronicles 12:14-15 - These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand. It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month…and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
3. Ready to Fight at All Times: 1 Chronicles 12:23-25 - These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David…men of Judah, carrying shield and spear…men of Simeon, warriors ready for battle.
4. Able to Stand: 1 Chronicles 12:30 - Men of Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their clans.
5. The Biblical Worldview: 1 Chronicles 12:32 - Men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.
6. Expert in War & Ready to Win: 1 Chronicles 12:33 - Men of Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty.
7. Men of Vision – Ready to Fight for their King: 1 Chronicles 12:38 - …They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king…”
Now is the time, men. Drop the appeasement and let the lion roar. This is what Love looks like in the face of evil. This is what Truth does when Lies rule the day. We do this because Christ has asked us to love others more than ourselves, even when it hurts.