Ann Coulter has put in her two cents on missionary work abroad, calling Dr. Brantly, the Christian missionary who contracted Ebola, idiotic for going to a “disease-ridden cesspool.” Ms. Coulter says the $2 million price tag for Doctor Kent Brantly‘s Ebola treatment outweighs any good he could have done in Liberia. She then goes on to criticize the rest of Christian community.
Ann Coulter’s newest column asks “can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?”
Work that Ms. Coulter points out is desperately needed, citing America’s high murder rates and drug overdoses – and how many babies born out of wedlock go on to “rape grandmothers and bury little girls alive.” Ms. Coulter explains America is both so important and so broken, that Christian work here is far more consequential, saying:
“If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia. Ebola kills only the body; the virus of spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies infects the world.”
Ann Coulter then goes on to answer her own question, saying it’s anti-Christian American culture and Christian narcissism that prevents them from doing God’s work in America.
Of course, the U.S. has the most active missionary community on the planet. Although it sends 127,000 people abroad, the U.S. also receives more Christian missionaries than any country on the planet, about 32,000 according to Center for the Study of Global Christianity. Those missionaries do go on to serve communities with high murder rates and drug problems. But leaving the facts aside, Ann Coulter explains the reason for missionary work abroad as such:
“They’re tired of fighting the culture war in the U.S., tired of being called homophobes, racists, sexists and bigots. So they slink off to Third World countries, away from American culture to do good works, forgetting that the first rule of life on a riverbank is that any good that one attempts downstream is quickly overtaken by what happens upstream.”
This explanation leads to a natural question: is being called a racist really enough to push someone into a situation where they might get Ebola?
That’s where the narcissism comes in. Ms. Coulter says had he served near his home in Texas, Kent Brantly wouldn’t have received the accolades that were worth risking his life.
Naturally, Ann Coulter calling the doctor idiotic and suggesting he was serving his ego has started a firestorm in the Christian community. As one person suggested, “Shaming a fellow Christian for serving overseas is the exact opposite of good theology.”
A link to Ann Coulter’s full column can be found here.
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