Amil Imani, an "Iranian-born American citizen and pro-democracy activist," writes in The American Thinker ...Islam enjoys a large and influential ally among the non-Muslims: A new generation of "Useful Idiots," the sort of people Lenin identified living in liberal democracies who furthered the work of communism. This new generation of Useful Idiots also lives in liberal democracies, but serves the cause of Islamofascism - another virulent form of totalitarian ideology.While reading Imani's fine column (highly recommended read), I couldn't help but see the visible church's own "Useful Idiots"! Let me offer a few tidbits from his piece; though he writes against Useful Idiots in the West, try to focus on the contemporary church as you know her.Useful Idiots are naive, foolish, ignorant of facts, unrealistically idealistic, dreamers, willfully in denial or deceptive. They hail from the ranks of the chronically unhappy, the anarchists, the aspiring revolutionaries, the neurotics who are at war with life, the disaffected alienated from government, corporations, and just about any and all institutions of society.For Useful Christian Idiots, try "ignorant of" Scripture, "idealistic," in willful denial, "deceptive," and "at war with" God and "disaffected [and] alienated from" church leadership.Arguably, the most dangerous variant of the Useful Idiot is the "Politically Correct." He is the master practitioner of euphemism, hedging, doubletalk, and outright deception.See anyone you know? Try Jim Wallis and his species!The Useful Idiot derives satisfaction from being anti-establishment. He finds perverse gratification in aiding the forces that aim to dismantle an existing order, whatever it may be: an order he neither approves of nor he feels he belongs to.The Useful Christian Idiot "derives satisfaction from being anti-[everything]. He finds perverse gratification in aiding the forces that aim to dismantle an existing [church] order ... [one] he neither approves of nor he feels he belongs to."
I've had some deacons like this.The Useful Idiot is conflicted and dishonest. He fails to look inside himself and discover the causes of his own problems and unhappiness while he readily enlists himself in causes that validate his distorted perception.What can I say here, every non-sleeping Christian has seen these; Marshall Shelley called them "Well-Intentioned Dragons."
Understandably, it is easier to blame others and the outside world than to examine oneself with an eye to self-discovery and self-improvement. Furthermore, criticizing and complaining - liberal practices of the Useful Idiot - require little talent and energy. The Useful Idiot is a great armchair philosopher and "Monday Morning Quarterback."The Useful Idiot is not the same as a person who honestly has a different point of view. A society without honest and open differences of views is a dead society. Critical, different and fresh ideas are the life blood of a living society - the very anathema of autocracies where the official position is sacrosanct.How many pastors and churches have been ruined by someone like this?
Even a "normal" person spends a great deal more energy aiming to fix things out there than working to overcome his own flaws and shortcomings, or contribute positively to the larger society. People don't like to take stock of what they are doing or not doing that is responsible for the conditions they disapprove.
But the Useful Idiot takes things much farther. The Useful Idiot, among other things, is a master practitioner of scapegoating. He assigns blame to others while absolving himself of responsibility, has a long handy list of candidates for blaming anything and everything, and by living a distorted life, he contributes to the ills of society.The Useful Idiot may even engage in willful misinformation and deception when it suits him. Terms such as "Political Islam," or "Radical Islam," for instance, are contributions of the Useful Idiot. These terms do not even exist in the native parlance of Islam, simply because they are redundant.Here, the visible church finds the heretical ecuminist (Carlton Pearson), the apologist moderate (Robert Schuller), and the "I used to be a Christian too but ...".
Islam, by its very nature and according to its charter - the Quran - is a radical political movement. It is the Useful Idiot who sanitizes Islam and misguides the populace by saying that the "real Islam" constitutes the main body of the religion; and, that this main body is non-political and moderate.The lesson is clear. Beware of the Useful Idiots who live in liberal democracies. Knowingly or unknowingly, they serve as the greatest volunteer and effective soldiers of Islam. They pave the way for the advancement of Islam and they will assuredly be among the very first victims of Islam as soon as it assumes power.This last quote is the final comment of Imani; his message is clear to both the world (he documents why in the paragraphs that precede this one) and to the "real" Church ... the Bride of Christ.
Can you hear the gasps as I write that, "What do you mean 'real Church'? That will offend someone, you shouldn't talk like that! We're all brothers and sisters by birth; we're all children of God! You radical fundamentalist Christians just don't understand, a loving God would never reject anyone. Jesus is just one way to get to heaven; I know, I went to India once and a guru I met there said ... ."
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