The Banner on the Alliance Church of Boston and the Decline of Christianity, by Dennis Prager

On the facade of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country, the Alliance Church in Boston, hangs a large banner on which is written:

“And God said…

“Protect access to abortion 4 all

“Make sure black lives matter

“Honor bodily autonomy

“Stand up for LGBTQ+ rights

“End Voter Suppression

“Turn guns into plows

“Ditch Fossil Fuels

“Provide sanctuary

“Abolish the prisons

“Disarm hate

“Tell the truth

“To breathe

“In other words…

“To like”

If you needed an example of how destructive leftism has been for mainstream Christianity, both Catholic and Protestant, and non-Orthodox Judaism, this banner would suffice.

God says: “Protect access to abortion for all”? Where? Why? Is ending the life of an innocent God’s will? Does this include abortions of viable babies performed by healthy mothers? Is this also the will of God?

“Making sure black lives matter”? Black people, like all other racial, ethnic and national groups of human beings, are created in the image of God. But if that banner implies support for the Black Lives Matter group, that’s another matter. God abhors groups that affirm racism. Unlike the left, the Bible knows that anyone, black or white, can be a racist.

When it comes to LGBTQ+, the Bible goes out of its way to uphold divine distinctions such as good and evil, God and human, human and animal, and male and female. When God creates human beings, the Bible affirms this last distinction as clearly as possible: “Male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

“Make guns into plows” is, of course, taken from the prophet Isaiah’s call to “Make plows out of your swords” (Isaiah 2:4). Unfortunately for the Covenant Church, another biblical prophet says the exact opposite: “Put your plows to swords…let the weak say, I am strong” (Joel 4:10). Unlike the left, the Bible understands that while the ultimate dream is that human beings don’t need swords, until this messianic age the weak must have swords.

As for moving away from fossil fuels, these ubiquitous sources of energy have been one of God’s gifts to mankind. Without them, the modern world would not have been possible. No hospitals, no reliable heating in the winter (not to mention cold in the summer), no transportation beyond horseback riding. No modern medicine. Nothing to do with modern technology. Just a primitive life – and short and painful at that. God would say before giving up these fuels, make sure you have a reliable substitute. (We do: nuclear power.) Until then, thank God for his gift of fossil fuels.

With regard to the sanctuary, if the meaning is sanctuaries for illegal aliens, based on what biblical idea does the Covenant Church infer that God wants America – or any other country – to have open borders?

“Abolish prisons” is an idea on its own that should keep every rational and moral human being away from the left. To abolish prisons is to allow huge numbers of innocent people to be murdered and beaten, women to be raped, shops to be looted and children to be molested. Nothing illustrates the moral idiocy at the heart of leftism quite like “the abolition of prisons”.

Perhaps a prominent conservative Christian church should put up a banner dealing with the same topics:

“God said…

“Protect the lives of mothers – and their unborn babies

“Human worth is not tied to race

“Honoring Bodily Autonomy – Ending Vaccination Mandates

“There are only two sexes: male and female.

“Protecting the Integrity of the Vote

“Defend yourself and others – Get a gun

“I have blessed humanity with energy

“Protect your citizens by protecting your borders

“Imprison the guilty to protect the innocent

“If you love me, hate evil (Psalms 97:10)

“Tell the truth – Because there is only one truth

“In other words…

“To like”

If a mainstream church put up such a banner, it would make national news and its leaders would be dismissed as right-wing religious fanatics for putting words in God’s mouth. Only leftist churches and synagogues are allowed to speak in the name of the Almighty.

Of all the Ten Commandments, only one states that its violation cannot be forgiven. This is the third commandment: “Do not utter the name of the Lord your God in vain, for he will not forgive anyone who utters his name in vain.

Almost everyone who knows the Commandment thinks that the Commandment forbids saying the word “God” outside of prayer or Bible study. But it can’t mean that. What kind of God would forgive a murderer but not someone who said, “God, did I have a tough day at work today”?

Obviously, the third commandment must mean something else. And that’s the case. As I explain in my Bible commentary, “The Rational Bible,” the Hebrew actually says, “Don’t carry the name of the Lord your God in vain…”

“Carry”, not “take”.

Doing evil in the name of God or attaching the name of God to false or immoral ideas is the only sin that God will not forgive.

And that is the sin of leftist churches and synagogues. They bear the name of God in vain. Indeed, they profane it.

What is happening to Christianity and Judaism provides yet another example of the most important principle of modern life: whatever the left touches, it destroys.

Dennis Prager is a nationally broadcast radio host and columnist. His latest books, published by Regnery, are “The Rational Passover Haggadah” (March 2022) and “The Rational Bible”, a commentary on the book of Genesis (May 2019). His film, “No Safe Spaces”, was released on home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and can be contacted at dennisprager.com.

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