Like so many others, I have a Facebook account. Last night, a post about a pastor punching a kid in the chest came across my feed. I take a lot of what comes across my Facebook feed with a grain of salt. I will not believe everything that people post, however when things like this video of a pastor standing up in front of a church and telling them that he punched a child in the chest, I want to find out if this is true or not.
The video was posted on YouTube by someone called CaspterTheFriendlyToast, and I went to the Snopes website to see what had been posted and this is what I found. SNOPES WEBSITE CLICK HERE
The man in the video has been identified as Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church in New Jersey. He tells the story of what happened thirteen years before. He was outside at youth group and there was a boy who he thought was not taking the Lord seriously and he walked over and punched the kid in the chest as hard as he could. He then goes on to state that he leaned over the kid “Ben” and asked him when he was going to stop playing games with God. He then says, that He led that man to the Lord right there and that times this is what is needed.
The video has been seen so many times that the Bible Baptist Church addressed the controversy. When I tried to follow the link to what the church had posted, the link went to a Facebook page that is no longer being displayed.
Dammann, writes that he regrets his actions from thirteen years ago and that he does not condone abuse.
Here is what the Bible says about anger and murder.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” [NIV]
This Bible verse says to me that I should never be angry with my brothers and sisters. We are all God’s children so, that means I should never react in anger to anyone. This pastor, reacted in anger and reacted with violence and did it under the guise of doing it for God. God doesn’t want us to react with violence or anger to one another.
I do not hide the fact that I love God and that I am a Christian and when I react in anger, I am being judged by people who think Christians are crazy and out of control. How many times have you heard the phrase, “Holy roller Bible thumper?” People judge all Christians by the act of one.
If the post comes across your Facebook, I encourage you to look at the comments that have been left on the video. I commented that, I think he should have been brought up on charges of abuse because violence is never the answer. We will not bring people to the Lord with violence, in fact, I think we push them farther away.
It is very sad that the actions of one person has brought out so many bad comments about Christians and religion. I know I am not perfect but this a reminder to me that I need to hold myself to a higher standard. I would never want my actions to push someone away from the Lord and I don’t want my actions to paint other Christians in a bad light. I pray that other Christians such as this pastor realize that our actions reflect on our sisters and brothers.
I’m sorry for such a long post today but I feel very passionate about this.
I would ask that you continue to pray for my family and the illness that has been plaguing my family and myself. If you are in need of prayer, please do not hesitate to drop me a message. I will continue to pray for those who read my blog.
I pray that you have a very blessed Saturday! Only one more day till church and I can get my refill for the week. I love going to church, I always come out walking on top of the world.