In his six sermons, Mr. Boyd laid out a broad argument that the role of Christians was not to seek "power over" others -— by controlling governments, passing legislation or fighting wars. Christians should instead seek to have "power under" others —- "winning people’s hearts" by sacrificing for those in need, as Jesus did, Mr. Boyd said.I get really tired of churches and religious figures abusing their theological authority (what little that's worth) by claiming political and moral authority. Very, very often, they have no idea what they are talking about and engage in little more than the grossest and most odious bigotry.
"America wasn’t founded as a theocracy," he said. "America was founded by people trying to escape theocracies. Never in history have we had a Christian theocracy where it wasn’t bloody and barbaric. That’s why our Constitution wisely put in a separation of church and state.
"I am sorry to tell you," he continued, "that America is not the light of the world and the hope of the world. The light of the world and the hope of the world is Jesus Christ."
Mr. Boyd lambasted the "hypocrisy and pettiness" of Christians who focus on "sexual issues" like homosexuality, abortion or Janet Jackson’s breast-revealing performance at the Super Bowl halftime show. He said Christians these days were constantly outraged about sex and perceived violations of their rights to display their faith in public.
"Those are the two buttons to push if you want to get Christians to act," he said. "And those are the two buttons Jesus never pushed."
The preacher in this case has taken a hit for his rejection, too. He's had to lay off staff members, lost about a thousand members of his church, and failed to reach a fund-raising target (he was off by $3 million). Volunteers from the Sunday School also quit, claiming that church-goers have to support the Republican Party. However, he has gained members from non-white ethnic communities -- which he seems perfectly fine with.
Maybe not all religious nuts are unreachable.