Some of you may have already heard about a “pastor” from Arizone named Steven Anderson making some ripples by his anti-Barackisms. He preached a sermon entitled, “Why I Hate Barack Obama.” Hate is a strong word but if that’s what he felt convicted to preach…He certainly has that right and freedom. But then to preach that he prays that Barack Obama would die due to brain cancer is downright scary and crazy. It’s as bad as saying he wants the president to “melt like a snail with salt on it.” Oh wait…he said that too.
And just when you thought this couldn’t get any crazier, one of his congregants, Christopher Broughton, actually showed up at an Obama rally the following day [after the sermon] brandished with an assault rifle and a gun. Gulp. [source]
Asides from your other comments, here’s my question to you:
When your neighbor, friend, co-worker or whoever (someone who is not a Christian) asks you about this pastor and his comments/this situation, how do you respond?
What folks don’t know is that I’ve blogged about this pastor once before. And while I don’t want to make it a regular habit to be knocking on other pastors, I want to officially go on the record and say that I liked Steven Anderson a lot more when he was preaching about men pissing against the wall. When I showed this video on my blog, I never knew that he’d become a national “celebrity”…
I’m going to go out on a limb and speculate that he doesn’t use the TNIV translation for his preaching.
Here’s the news from Fox News:
A Phoenix-area pastor has started to draw protesters to his congregation after he delivered a sermon titled, “Why I Hate Barack Obama,” and told his parishioners that he prays for President Obama’s death.
Pastor Steven Anderson stood by his sermon in an interview with MyFOXPhoenix, which reports that the pastor continues to encourage his parishioners to join him in praying for the president’s death.
“I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today,” he told MyFOXPhoenix on Sunday. He called his message “spiritual warfare” and said he does not condone killing.
But a small crowd of protesters gathered around his church Sunday, calling Anderson’s words “incomprehensible.” And MyFOXPhoenix reported that the sermon, which has drawn widespread attention, led to death threats against the pastor.
Anderson’s inflammatory message stems in part from Obama’s abortion-rights stance.
In Anderson’s controversial sermon, delivered at his Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe before Obama arrived for a speech in Phoenix earlier in the month, the pastor said he wants the president to “melt like a snail” with salt on it.
“I’m gonna pray that he dies and goes to hell when I go to bed tonight. That’s what I’m gonna pray,” he told his congregation.
The last time fierce opposition to Obama’s abortion position drew widespread attention was when Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame.
The Anderson sermon also drew concern after it was reported that one man carrying an assault rifle outside the Phoenix arena where Obama spoke was a member of Anderson’s church.