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Peter Heck: Christians don’t say things like this

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I’ve never met him, but Peter Heck is one of my favorite people. He’s an independent journalist who founded the Disrn news site, but he’s also a dedicated Christian who teaches Sundays at Jerome Church in Greentown, Ind.

He penned a column today that really takes people who are professed Christians to task for suggesting that their faith in Christ is wavering because of someone else’s political affiliation.

Peter doesn’t hold back any punches. He is brutally honest in a way that I find refreshing.

“It sometimes astounds me how so many people can totally whiff on demonstrating any kind of basic grasp on what Christianity is, what it represents, and what it means. It shouldn’t be hard – it’s right there in the name,” he wrote. “Christianity is about Christ. It’s about Jesus. It’s about hopeless humans surrendering to Him and accepting His spectacularly unmerited grace.

“Yet remarkably, that gallingly obvious point is often lost on the people our world holds out as the most educated, thoughtful, intellectual among us,” he added.

Peter was referring to a professor of public policy at Davidson College in North Carolina. In an article appearing in Newsweek, the distinguished professor attempted to explain how Donald Trump, and more specifically those who supported Donald Trump, were making him doubt his faith in Christ.

After quoting a few paragraphs from that story, Peter made his opinion obviously clear:

“I don’t know how to say this delicately, so I’ll just avoid trying. To a Christian mind, those three paragraphs are simply incomprehensible,” he wrote.

“If you have been convinced and convicted of the divinity and Lordship of Jesus Christ, if you have surrendered to Him and accepted His free gift of salvation, confessing and accepting that He alone holds the keys to your redemption and deliverance from eternal death, walking away from it would be unthinkable for any reason – particularly something as trivial as the obnoxious antics or off-putting behavior of other fellow sinners,” he added.

“To say, ‘I’m struggling to understand how these people can possibly reconcile what they support with the teachings of Jesus,’ is a completely reasonable Christian frustration. But to say, ‘I’m struggling to decide if I really want eternal life because Orange Man Bad,’ is breathtakingly absurd.

To read Peter Heck’s column, “Christians don’t say things like this,” visit

I hear that argument all the time from non-believers. “If so-and-so considers himself a Christian, than I don’t want to know anything about Jesus.” To that, I simply remind them that Jesus frequently told people to “follow me,” not “follow people who think they’re following me.”

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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