That ‘Love it or leave it’ church

Welp:

Amid a national furor over President Donald Trump’s tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to their home countries, a Virginia pastor is gaining attention with a sign at his church saying “America: Love or Leave It.”

Pastor E.W. Lucas (said) Tuesday that he wanted to make a statement about the political divisions in Washington.

“People that feel hard about our president and want to down the president and down the country and everything, they ought to go over there and live in these other countries for a little while,” Lucas said.

Listen: We’re all tempted to interpret the Gospel in light of our own ideological predispositions. I certainly am.

All the same, a church that decides to greet the world with an “America: love it or leave it” sign is a church that is very confused — charitably speaking — about its mission in the world.

Author: joeldermole

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and son. He spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His honors include awards for best online commentary from the Online News Association and (twice) from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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