Contention does not start with "the religious right." Fundamentalist Christians are not to blame for heresies, disbelief, rebellion, lawlessness, and the miserable and pollutive consequences of such.
Who are at fault - in stark contrast - are those who do not believe and voluntarily love Creator God, relentlessly question, do not believe, and dispute the written record called "The Holy Bible" inspired to humans by the LORD God, plus antagonistically despise, accusatorily persecute, and defiantly contend against those saints who do believe and obey the Almighty as personified by Master Jew, Jesus Christ.
Let me illustrate three examples of hatefully senseless insurrection and adversarial attack this webauthor has experienced recently.
It started off with a Twin-Cities-suburban-area retired-principal "preacher" I know of who verbally sort of "bashed" me for not acquiesing to the doubts and disbeliefs of wicked people and their demonic presumptions and prejudices. He stated that I wasn't going to "win them for Christ" unless I refrained from semantically "bashing" them by contradicting their faithful and errant confrontational utterances and by vigorously applying (at times even shockingly-vulgar) corrective advice against their counterproductive misbehaviors (such as those committing and not performing abortion homicide and not abortion "rights," not-equal-with-men insubordinate and non-submissive feminist sexists, non-gay homogay misexpressions of not-born-with-but-instead-wilfully-chosen effeminate and sodomite homosexuals, and so forth). Such flagrant reprimand coming from a froward fellow supposed to be consider a "pastor," no less? With compromisingly-chiding "friends" like that, who needs enemies?
I had to remind him that I was not "bashing" anyone (homopervert or otherwise), because "bashing" is a brainless buzzword imposed by disgusting accusatorily-deviant infidels, being that using mere shame-causing words for counter-attack are instead accurately termed: contramanding rather than "bashing." Notice that I said: counter-attack....understandably meaning that there had first been a nonsolicited intrusion and attack by the disbelieving and divisive resulting in consequential defense and counter-attack. If I really wanted to "bash," I would physically use a hammer, sledgehammer, axe, crowbar, 2 by 4 plank, cement block, or 12-gauge shotgun shell to crush the actual skull of a backtalking wayward opponent. I don't know if the deliberate ecclesiastical dunce understood or accepted that. Whatever.
Admittedly, there is a humble-attitude sensitivity the effective Christian proselitizer should exhibit, in accord with:
Neh 9:31 Nevertheless in thy great mercies thou didst not make an end of them or forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
Job 33:24 and he is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down into the Pit, I have found a ransom;
Ps 9:13 Be gracious to me, O LORD! Hey, what I suffer from those who hate me, O thou who liftest me up from the gates of death,
Ps 26:11 But as for me, I walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.
Ps 41:10 But do thou, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may requite them!
Ps 56:1 ....Be gracious to me, O God, for men trample upon me; all day long foemen oppress me;
Prov 22:11 He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
Amos 5:15 Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Col 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.
Titus 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men.
He inferred that I would lack persuasion by not politely and agreeably accomodating to the wayward ways and speech of the aberrant. Really? The Bible states:
Ps 119:21 Thou dost rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from thy commandments;
Ps 141:5 Let a good man strike or rebuke me in kindness, but let the oil of the wicked never anoint my head; for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
Prov 17:10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
Prov 24:25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will be upon them.
Prov 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Eccl 7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.
Isa 17:13 The nations roar like the roaring of many waters, but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away, chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind and whirling dust before the storm.
Isa 66:15 "For hey, the LORD will come in fire, and his chariots like the stormwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Mal 2:3 Hey, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him;
1Tim 5:20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
2Tim 4:2 preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.
Titus 1:13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith
A few verses would be applicable pertaining to such clergical chiding and demeaning negative accusation:
Job 34:33 Will he then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
Prov 27:22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.
Isa 26:10 If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals perversely and does not see the majesty of the LORD.
Ezek 24:14 I the LORD have spoken; it shall come to pass, I will do it; I will not go back, I will not spare, I will not repent; according to your ways and your doings I will judge you, says the Lord GOD."
2John 1:10 If any one comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting.....
Next, as I was surfing cable channels, I came across a few repulsive and obnoxious mouthy subversives on cable-TV's Joyce Behar Show, which Joyce Behar gives the word: "kike" a new meaning. Her belligerant jaw-flapping guests were jerks and creeps who complained about and hate Rush Limbaugh, maliciously hate conservative (but not "moderate") Republicans, and hatefully revile the religious right as they beller on, further comdamning the elect for allegedly having a "martyr complex." Much could be said against such harshly-bigoted and cruelly-intolerant vile vermin:
Ps 119:84 How long must thy servant endure? When wilt thou judge those who persecute me?
Ps 119:86 All thy commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
Ps 119:150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from thy law.
Ps 119:161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of thy words.
Jer 17:18 Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed; bring upon them the day of evil; destroy them with double destruction!
Matt 5:11 "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Matt 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matt 10:23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.
Matt 23:34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town
Luke 11:49 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute
Luke 21:12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.
John 15:18 If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.
Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered
1John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
1John 3:13 Do not wonder, brethren, that the world hates you.
1John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.
1John 4:16 So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
Rev 17:14 they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.
There is a wrongly-judgmental misunderstanding which worldly wicked people are hung up with by such sordid scoundrels trying to suppress, stifle, and censor constitutionally-protected Christian public free speech congruent and concordant with proper interpretation of the non-establishment-of-cultic-religion and non-prohibition-of-genuine-Christian-religion clauses of the First Amendment. The misinterpreted and misapplied irrationalizations they proclaim pertain to misappropriating:
Matt 5:39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
Matt 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Luke 6:27 "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you
Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.
Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
In godly and sacred retaliatory retort against such mismanipulation against and not of Scripture the following is presented:
Prov 20:19 He who goes about gossiping reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with one who speaks foolishly.
Matt 7:6 Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.
Eph 5:7 Therefore do not associate with them...
2Tim 2:16 Avoid such godless chatter, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness
2Tim 3:5 holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people.
Titus 1:11 they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for base gain what they have no right to teach.
1Peter 2:15 For it is God's will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
So Rush is (generally) right. As is Hannity. Plus Karl Rove and Huckabee. Along with Dennis Prager, creative-reasoning Medved, Mike Gallagher, and thankfully-enlightened others (like yours truly) utilizing usually-free-to-access websites and e-mailing on the internet. Not so concerning cozying-up-to-enemies King and spiteful Matthews, Olbermann, Maddow, Behar, loudmouthed know-it-all Ed Schultz of The Ed Shultz Show, and others of their ilk.
Finally, I was flipping through the cable channels and heard some woman on the TPT [a.k.a. Twin Cities Public Television] station hallucinating on the heresies involving millions-of-years evolutionary mythology as she was describing primative human tards walking on all fours and then inserting in questionably-"scientific" delvings into brain scans and mutational genetics.
In a debate with an evolutionist or a UFO-aliens nutbag, it behooves a Christian young-earth creationist-type scientist to cut right to the chase before polite argument proceeds into aggressive assault or huffy and rude sudden retreat by the adversary, by asking:
"Do you believe that 'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth' as it states in Genesis chapter 1, and the following verses of Scripture:
Col 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;
16 for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities--all things were created through him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent.
19 For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him,
23 provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Heb 1:1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets;
2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs.
8 But of the Son he says, "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever, the righteous scepter is the scepter of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades."
10 And, "Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands;
11 they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment,
12 like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end."
"Do you believe all that?" If in response the evolutionist hems and haws, escaping off on some cultic tangent or errant presumptions, then starting to rant and rave in endless mantras of mindless or irrelevant blattering - rather than just answering simply and positively to affirm adherence to the above Word of God - there is NO value whatsoever in proceeding any further into elaborations of discrepancies and problems with radioactive dating, attempting to establish parameters for guesstimating the archeological age of fossils and the fossil records, and discussing origins of animals, humans, our Earth, and primal conditions on and of this planet when and before history began. To the atheist or agnostic who deep down does not want to find out the answers nor pursue resolution of uncertainties:
Job 5:3 I have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.
Ps 14:1 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.
Ps 39:8 Deliver me from all my transgressions. Make me not the scorn of the fool!
Ps 53:1 To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none that does good.
Prov 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Prov 29:9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
Eccl 2:14 The wise man has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness; and yet I perceived that one fate comes to all of them.
Eccl 10:3 Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to every one that he is a fool.
Isa 32:5 The fool will no more be called noble, nor the knave said to be honorable.
Isa 32:6 For the fool speaks folly, and his mind plots iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
1Tim 6:1 Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be defamed.
2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brethren; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties.
3 If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness,
4 he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions,
5 and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
13 In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
14 I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
15 and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16 who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge,
21 for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards the faith. Grace be with you.