Dear Ann Coulter,
You owe an apology to Dr. Kent Brantly and to every other American who responded to God’s leading in their life by travelling to a foreign country to share the love of Jesus with the less fortunate!
I have to admit your article made me pound my desk with my fist and scream at my computer screen! I understand that was probably your intent when you took aim at the tens of thousands of Americans who have given their lives to serve the poor and the destitute in other countries!
Note: This is a response to a post on Ann Coulter’s blog entitled: Ebola Doctor’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic’
At first I tried to ignore your vicious and unwarranted attack on Christian missionaries serving overseas. But instead of quietly fuming about your obvious lack of Biblical knowledge and absence of sympathy for the poor and destitute I decided to write a response.
Ann, you wrote:
Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America’s premier hospitals.
Do you even believe your own words? Do you not understand that there are some things in this world that money can not buy? Is everything qualified by dollars and cents in your mind?
Ann, you need to stop and think for a minute before you make irrational statements like this! I’m sure Dr. Kent Brantly didn’t go over to Liberia hoping or even planning that the price tag would be $2 million to get him and his nurse home.
That being said, who really cares about the $2 million!
Dr. Kent Brantly sacrificed his time, his comfort, his health and safety for the lives and hearts of people who Jesus died for in Liberia! Even though he knew there were risks Dr. Kent Brantly didn’t think that this was too high of a price to pay!
Talking about a price to pay, Jesus paid a much higher price in order to offer forgiveness and salvation to you and the Liberian people! So really, what is $2 million?
The truth is that Dr. Brantly’s work has not been overwhelmed by the money spent to fly him home! In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t dozens more doctors just like Dr. Brantly who will now be inspired to give of themselves to serve in a missions setting because of Dr. Brantly’s example!
Ann, you wrote:
Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?
No — because we’re doing just fine. America, the most powerful, influential nation on Earth, is merely in a pitched battle for its soul.
I get your point here. America has its problems – true! But you act as if America is the cesspool of the world and every seminary graduate and Christian doctor is running away from America with their tail between their legs!
Let’s get a few things straight here! Most seminary graduates stay in the USA where they serve local churches, many of them in small towns and poor neighborhoods! America continues to have the best of the best when it comes to pastors, ministers, Christian doctors, Christian businessmen, Christian lawyers, Christian youth workers, Christian social workers!
You’re right Ann, America needs help and it’s actually pretty easy to find that help because we have millions of Christians who have chosen to serve right here in the USA!
Ann, you wrote:
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.
It’s been a long time since I read such an arrogant and egocentric statement!
Do you really believe that a Hollywood power-broker is more significant than and innocent Liberian child? What makes you think that this Hollywood somebody would be more worthwhile to treat than a dirt poor mother in Liberia who is about to give birth?
Ok, I understand, you think that if that uber-rich Hollywood-big-name-star would turn to Christ then suddenly there would be mass conversions across the globe!
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way, Ann! In fact if you read even a little bit of your Bible you’d know that Jesus pretty much turned away the famous Hollywood types and instead turned his attention the children, the poor, and the outcasts! Check out Mat 19:14, Mat 20:16
Ann, you wrote:
Which explains why American Christians go on “mission trips” to disease-ridden cesspools. 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.
Ann, you’ve never been on a mission trip have you? I’d be surprised if you had because if you had real experience sharing Christ with people in other countries you’d probably know that it’s very likely that you’ll get called something much worse than “homophobe” or “racists.”
What you’re really talking about, Ann, is fake persecution. Fake persecution in America that makes American Christian feel bad for themselves because they don’t have a Christian senator or governor or president. Fake persecution that makes American Christians think that they have just experienced the dredges of life because someone laughed at their faith or called them a bad name.
Here’s the real reason why many Christians leave the USA and go to serve in other countries: because they know that the hardships in America are really no hardships at all! Because they know that being called “a bigot” is nothing compared to the risk that millions of Christians encounter daily.
Let’s be clear, Ann, we (myself included, since I’m leaving for Ukraine in 2 days!) are not running away from America! We are running to the greater need! We are following God’s leading in our lives! For most of us we are running to a country were the problems are far greater than in American! Yet we do it because we believe it is worth the cost!
Ann, you wrote:
Your country is like your family. We’re supposed to take care of our own first. The same Bible that commands us to “go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel” also says: “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'”
Ann, I see what you did there! Take what Jesus tells his disciples to do in the Great Commission (Mat 28:) and then try to nullify it by slipping something Moses wrote in the Law in Due 15:11!
Is it not possible to be generous to the poor at home and go? Do we have to ignore Jesus clear command so that we can make sure all the “poor” in American can still go to McDonalds!
Let me remind you of something else Jesus said! “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Ann, you wrote:
Today’s Christians are aces at sacrifice, amazing at serving others, but strangely timid for people who have been given eternal life. They need to buck up, serve their own country, and remind themselves every day of Christ’s words: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.
Ann, those who serve in any country but America might seem narcissistic to you but in the eyes of God these people have done something beautiful! They have put aside their own comfort and risked their health and safety to serve in areas of the world that have much greater needs than America!
Ann, you owe an apology to Dr. Brantly, his family and the many Christians who have chosen to serve overseas. However, more importantly you owe an apology to the Liberian people who you seem to think are worth far less than one Hollywood power-broker!