I never heard of Frank Pastore until a fellow church member sent me his article from yesterday entitled, “Why Al Qaeda Supports the Emergent Church.” He is an award winning radio talk show host based in California. Though I probably share many of Pastore’s concerns about the emergent movement (as opposed to the “emerging” movement), this article is way over the top. It strikes me as wrong-headed on several fronts, not the least of which is the all-t00-typical tendency of modern evangelicals to locate our greatest problem “out there” rather than “in here.”
We need to heed the wisdom of that late great theologian, Pogo, who rightly said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Here is the logic of Pastore’s article:
A post-Christian, post-modern, secular-socialist America will be no match for a radical Islam fueled by petro-dollars and threatening the use of nuclear weapons.
But an America where the church is strong, resolute, and courageous? That’s a different thing altogether.
Which is why al Qaeda supports the emergent church.
Read the whole article here.