My friend in Texas sent me this picture he took during church yesterday. He said he was visiting his parents and they'd been asking him to go to their church (it's called Brenham Bible Church) for a long time and he finally went, and he said it was horrifying - the sermon was on not being friends with Muslims. I just listened to the sermon online, just to rile myself up I guess. I can't believe this goes on. The Dave Bazan song "Backwoods Nation" kept playing in my head, this is what it was written about. The pastor is using the 2 John verse totally out of context. I asked our friend Rich about it and he said "That letter is basically an address against a specific group that are actively selling the claim that Christ's coming was a non-physical, spiritual reality (not human, not bodily) and true faith has to do with rejecting the physical world in favor of a "spiritual", pie-in-the-sky world. Basically, Gnostics. In other words, these aren't non-Christians, they are people claiming Christianity is something it is not and convincing people of it."
I think that people and teachings like this church are who the letter was about, not Muslims or other people who don't claim to be Christians. Some jaw-dropping parts of the sermon are at minute 42:30 where he said "Stay away from Muslims!" and at 47:20: "Stay away from them! That's what God's word says."
My blood pressure is too high from listening to this. This is all good fodder for my other blog though.