Wallis on Falwell’s Death.

Hearing of Jerry Falwell’s death earlier this week (remember…I work in a parachurch ministry where news like this is relevant), I wasn’t finding myself saddened. In fact, a part of me was glad–not because Falwell died, but because someone I disagreed with was out of the way. Yeah, how’s that for me being honest?I even said…”I’m not concerned about his eternity–we all know he’s in heaven. I just think he’s getting turned over God’s knee for the way he went about his ministry on earth.” Crass, but for a man so militant about his fundsamentalist faith in politics, and so consistent with leaving a bad taste in people’s mouths, I have a hard time being empathetic. And I certainly wouldn’t want my legacy to be the ANTITHESIS of, “and they’ll know we are Christians by our love…” I fear that is the case with Falwell–he WON’T be remembered for being loving of others different from the Moral Majority.That said, Jim Wallis struck a much more respectable balance than I’m capable of on the Sojourners webpage. I’ll leave it to him to have the final word on Jerry Falwell…and I’ll agree with Wallis…our prayers should be for those in Falwell’s immediate sphere of influence–his family, friends, and colleagues as they mourn his death:http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/godspolitics/2007/05/jim-wallis-falwells-legac…

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