Gary Burge Replies: Neither He Nor Wheaton Responsible for Anti-Semitic Poster
I received a reply yesterday from Dr. Gary Burge of Wheaton College to my previous post on the subject of the advertising being done at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, Illinois, of a speaking engagement he has there at the end of this month. As promised, here is his reply in its entirety:
A few Anglican friends of mine pointed out your post on the Stand Firm website. And I must say I found it discouraging. For two reasons: it lacks honesty and it lack charity. Let me explain.
First, honesty. Wheaton College has nothing to do with this event. So it should not even be mentioned. I did not write the text of the poster you refer to. This is something that is just over at the church. I was invited to give a lecture on Christian Zionism. That’s it. So to imply that Wheaton or I have anything to do with the things you mention is not true. Please repost the entry and remove Wheaton College from the title and the text.
Second, charity. We all know that the web is a place where harsh words are published. I expect that nowadays but generally this comes from those who do not claim to belong to Christ. I assume you do. It strikes me that we need as Christ-Followers to have a higher standard for ourselves. To use words that edify and enlighten. To use charity in our speech. I have already had Anglicans write to me and apologize to me on behalf of Stand Firm that such a post would appear. It remains to be seen if I’m “anti-Zioinist.” I’d encourage anyone to come and listen to me at First Presbyterian/Wheaton to see for themselves.
Matters about which we feel passionate are matters that can often lead us to mis-speak. I’ve done it many times myself. As a Christian brother I would ask you to have trusted, honest friends read your writing and reflect with you whether this reflects the charity of Christ in all things.
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