Some Christians Are Actually Behaving Well

March 24, 2020


Much of the news on the faith beat is all about Christians behaving badly: Jerry Falwell, Jr., defies the medical consensus and welcomes students back to Liberty University; Paula White earnestly declares healing over America; a pseudo television evangelist peddles false medical cures; and a famous health-and-wealth advocate says God strickens America because of Trump hatred.

Such sordid details must be covered. I do so here.

But it should be emphasized: Most churches are trying to do their bit. My church — St. Paul’s of Willington, CT — is among them. We now live on-line and Ryan Spooner, our pastor, is delivering his sermons via Facebook. I offer his latest sermon to the general public because, frankly, I think his thoughts are insightful. He plumbs Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus sleeps through a storm and calms it after he wakes up. Obviously, the entire world is heaving up and down in a storm. What do we do?

The video is far from polished. There’s dead air. There’s writing on paper in lieu of a Power Point presentation. It’s long. But it’s also far more substantive than some stuff I’ve seen.

Listen and learn.

A note: Yes, Ryan does talk about giving in the end — but this is different than the plea for which Paula White was criticized (perhaps a little unfairly). Ryan is talking about the logistics of giving in a time when the Sunday-morning collection basket is unavailable. We church members want to know how we can donate so our beloved church can function.

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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