Dear Bill O’Reilly: Couldn’t you have chosen someone other than Ann Coulter to talk about the war on Christians?

Ann Coulter on O'Reilly Factor
Dear Bill O’Reilly: Couldn’t you have chosen someone other than Ann Coulter to talk about the war on Christians? Were credible Christian speakers unavailable? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mr. O’Reilly, you make valid points in your Talking Point Memo “The War on Christianity getting even worse“. It’s just too bad that the broadcast of that “memo” was followed by a discussion with Ann Coulter.

Why? Because Ann Coulter has waged her own war against Christianity put into practice. In case you missed it, Ms. Coulter did so in 2014 when she verbally attacked Christian physician Kent Brantly for daring to follow God’s calling to perform medical missionary work in the nation of Liberia.

In response to Ms. Coulter’s attack on Dr. Brantly, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes, “Coulter has written a very sad and infuriating article – an article that should lead to outrage in Christian circles. It reveals a radical nationalistic and libertarian worldview that is fundamentally incompatible with evangelical Christianity, with the Scripture, and with the command of Christ.”

Mr. O’Reilly, Christians are being persecuted and killed not just because they believe the Gospel, but because they believe it and act on it. That is what drove Dr. Brantly to perform medical missionary work in Liberia. For him, medical missionary work in Liberia was his belief in the Gospel put into action.

Was it risky for Dr. Brantly to go to Africa? Would it have been safer for him to stay in the USA? “Yes” to both questions, but the Christian faith isn’t about being physically safe. The preaching and the practice of the Gospel require risks.

It is easy to talk the talk and quite safe to do so within the borders of the USA, as professional pundits in the USA are accustomed to. It doesn’t take much faith to opine for a living in a nation that has enshrined freedom of speech.

In contrast, faith is put to the test when one leaves the comforts of home in order to follow God’s calling in a nation that is not one’s own.

Mr. O’Reilly, it was good of you to focus attention on the war on Christians, but Ann Coulter was far from the best person to discuss the issue with you. Instead of her, you should have interviewed a representative from Voice of the Martyrs, an organization that aids persecuted Christians 24/7.

Sure, it is easier to book a guest who makes a living opining about anything and everything than it is to book a guest who has expertise in a particular subject. Still, booking the latter would give a discussion of the subject more credibility. If you can’t book the latter, then the least you could do is to refrain from booking a guest who shoots her own.

For the record, the sincerity of Ms. Coulter’s faith isn’t being questioned here. Her attitude is, and she showed a bad attitude when she indirectly attacked Dr. Brantly during her conversation with you on your show. Ms. Coulter presented a false claim when she argued that it is cowardly for an American Christian physician to perform missionary work in Africa.

Seriously, Ann Coulter became unhinged when she attacked Dr. Brantly on your show. She didn’t mention his name, but it was obvious who she was referring to when she made her attack.

The Christians who are being imprisoned and killed for their faith are those who exercise their faith outside of the USA. There is nothing cowardly about them, just as there was nothing cowardly about Dr. Brantly’s missionary work in Liberia.

Mr. O’Reilly, Ms. Coulter’s appearance on your show didn’t really help your cause. It may have helped your show’s ratings, but it didn’t help your cause.

By the way, the best way to defend the Christian faith is by walking the talk, and one way to do that is by loving one’s enemies the way that Jesus taught. Mr. O’Reilly, perhaps you could book a guest who has learned that teaching.

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