Someone needs to go back and read the Space Trilogy:

“And I do believe there can’t be other intelligent beings in outer space because of the meaning of the gospel,” Ham wrote. “You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation. One day, the whole universe will be judged by fire, and there will be a new heavens and earth. God’s Son stepped into history to be Jesus Christ, the “Godman,” to be our relative, and to be the perfect sacrifice for sin — the Savior of mankind.”

“Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’!  Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the “Godman” as our Savior,” Ham continues. “In fact, the Bible makes it clear that we see the Father through the Son (and we see the Son through His Word). To suggest that aliens could respond to the gospel is just totally wrong.”

And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.

As I’ve said before: there’s nothing more offensive in the teachings of Christ than the simple phrase “love your enemies”. It’s a phrase that defies common sense to the point that even most Christians I know, or talk to online, don’t functionally believe it should be followed– even if they do claim to believe the inspiration or inerrancy of scripture.

People reject this aspect of the teachings of Jesus for a variety of reasons. I think this is primarily because it’s a doctrine that’s been so neglected under the era of Christendom that when someone brings it up, it just sounds like complete hippie nonsense. One of the main ways some of my critics push back against the doctrine of Christian nonviolence is through questions such as, “How could it bring glory to God if your enemies kill you?”, “What good are you to anyone if you’re dead?”, or “It would not honor God to get shot by a guy who is stealing your television”. I’ve heard about seventeen different ways of asking the same question.

These questions appear to be driven by a few underlying assumptions that seem to be rational, but are revealed to be false when we consider what I believe is the core purpose for a Jesus follower. The false assumption is essentially this: “if I die before my time, God’s plan plan for my life will be thwarted”, or perhaps “I am no use to God or anyone else if I’m dead”.

And, I get it. The idea of dying for one’s enemies is crazy– and I’d reject it to if it were not for the fact that this is precisely what the guy who kicked this whole movement off did with his life. 

I highlighted this radical change in direction at the BGEA by juxtaposing two recent covers of Decision magazine. The first heralds the organization’s 60th anniversary, harking back to the spirit of Billy Graham and celebrating his all-consuming passion for “Proclaiming Christ to the World.” The second cover — for the current issue — nicely captures the ethos and spirit of BGEA under Franklin Graham’s leadership. It shows a hellish pool of lava with the words “Cowards Destined for the Lake of Fire.” Those “cowards” are, in Franklin’s view, anyone who dares to call themselves a Christian but still fails to wholeheartedly embrace Franklin’s anti-gay, anti-feminist agenda (and his personal role as the authoritative general in charge of the culture war).


In these 1952 propaganda posters we see the now-defunct Detroit manufacturer Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation try to convince their employees that their unionizing was the beginnings of the country’s fall to communism.

Their eerie disembodied hands (perhaps, the invisible hand of the market?) are juxtaposed with equally creepy, bad puns. A caption near a chessboard reads, “Every Red move is calculated to checkmate freedom.” A thumb sticking out, horizontally, not vertically, advises that “the Reds hitchhike on freedom,” whatever that means.

Cool-looking as the posters may be, Communism triumphed Detroit proletariat continued to occupy factory floors and stage“sit-down strikes with over 12,000 workers.”