OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - When U.S. Senate candidate Jerry Moran was criticized recently for accepting subsidized rent from "The Family," his response was pathetic. He blamed people who "hate Christians" for criticizing his cozy living arrangement at the C Street House, owned by a cultish group known as "The Family."
Moran playing the "Christian persecution" card was kooky for many reasons. But I would like to take a look at this from a different angle. Can the C-Street run house really be called "Christian?"
I don't think so. This outfit known as "The Family" that Moran has associated himself with is not Christian at all---at least if Christianity is about Jesus the Nazarene.
Doug Coe, who is basically "the Pope" of this weird organization, tells people like Moran that Jesus the Nazarene got it all wrong.
Coe tells his pupils that Jesus did not come to save the poor and oppressed, but that he came to save the "chosen." And the "chosen" are powerful people like Moran. And Coe tells them that because they are "chosen," they can sin all they want. Two of Moran's pals from the C Street House engaged in tawdry affairs----Senator Ensign and Governor Sanford. Why don't they resign in shame? Because their guru Doug Coe tells them that they are "chosen" and it is God's will that they rule.
I'm not all that religious, but I do know that Jesus came to help the poor and oppressed, and not the people in power like Pontius Pilate and Caesar. And I also know that Jesus didn't give anyone---even Congressmen---a free pass to have tawdry affairs. From what I hear, Moran is a fine family man. But the quicker he gets away from this outfit "The Family" the better.
Another aspect of this group "The Family" that is un-Christian is the fact that they support thuggish dictators around the globe who kill lots of people. Isn't Jesus supposed to be "The Prince of Peace?" Coe and his pupils like Moran support brutal dictators who kill and hurt people. What's Christian about that?
Moran opened a huge can of worms when he called criticism of "The Family" criticism of Christians. Because the Jesus portrayed by Doug Coe to Moran and his pupils is not the same Jesus I learned about in Sunday School as a child.
Just read Jeff Sharlet's book The Family and you will see that Moran's living arrangement in D.C. is hardly a harmless "Christian frat house."