Letter to the editor: Act according to your Christian beliefs

There is a reason for the steady decline in membership and attendance among American Christian churches.  That reason can be summed up in one word – hypocrisy.

The recent Pro-Life Leader Award given to Senator James Lankford last month by the Evangelicals for Life Conference was the ultimate act of hypocrisy.

Yes, Senator Lankford put on a very dramatic, tearful performance on the floor of the U.S. Senate decrying the evil acts of Planned Parenthood. But when he could have taken a meaningful action to actually stop the wholesale slaughter of America’s youngest, most helpless citizens, he wimped out. He punted. He voted to give Planned Parenthood millions of taxpayer dollars to continue their slaughter.

Senator Lankford, a Southern Baptist clergyman, and Dr. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, are consummately skilled at “playing church.”  They pretend to follow the teachings of Christ, but when any courage is needed to stand for their beliefs, they hide.

In contrast, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Southern Baptist layman, put his faith into concrete action by voting against the Omnibus Bill, thereby voting to stop funding Planned Parenthood.  Did the “church players” send him a thank you note or give him an award?  No!  In fact, for his stand against Planned Parenthood, Jim has received numerous insults and back-stabbings from his fellow “Christian” Oklahoma congressional delegation.

American Christian religious leaders need to stop “playing church” and start acting according to their espoused beliefs.  Their hypocrisy has destroyed their credibility.