This first came to my attention this morning when Bryan Fischer tweeted the following gem:
Under a President Palin, "waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists.” You go, girl. http://t.co/YdXESxXSgU
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) April 27, 2014
And, here’s the video:
What Sarah Palin states about “baptism” is completely antithetical to the Christian Faith and what a good number of Christians believe about baptism.
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The Catholic Church has this to say about baptism:
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 342)
My own church, the Lutheran Church, has this to say about baptism:
Concerning baptism it is taught that it is necessary, that grace is offered through it, and that one should also baptize children, who through such baptism are entrusted to God and become pleasing to him. (The Augsburg Confession – German Text – Article IX)
I’m not going to go into infant baptism here, but I will focus on the first part of Article IX, mainly that grace is offered through baptism. That alone is sufficient to show that Sarah Palin has no real understanding of baptism. There is no grace offered through waterboarding; therefore, waterboarding is not in any way, shape, or Amber Jewelry Tea Set form a baptism.
Furthermore, baptism is rooted in the Word of God.
What is baptism? Answer:
Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead it is water enclosed in God’s command and connected with God’s Word. (The Small Catechism; The Sacrament of Holy Baptism)
Last I checked, waterboarding was not commanded by God as baptism is. Waterboarding is rooted in the ways of humankind.
Finally, waterboarding fails Christ’s command to love your enemies:
“You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 43-45, see also Luke 6: 27-36)
Comments like these are absolutely appalling, and to see people cheering the language of fear and torture makes me sick. Christians need to take a long, hard look at both Sarah Palin and Bryan Fischer and hold them accountable for words that are contrary to the Christian faith.
HT: Christian Nightmares for the video.