To Major Steve Lewis & Peterson Air Force Base: Ignore Mikey, and He will Flee. Guaranteed.
by Sonny Hernandez
It is always demoralizing to hear perplexing tales of snowflake liberals in the Armed Forces who become incensed over the mere presence of a Bible. As a result of just such an offense, an Air Force officer is now under investigation after years of keeping an open, highlighted Bible on his desk, leading to another of Mikey Weinstein’s inconsequential tirades.
There is an underlying issue of why Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is disdainful towards an open, highlighted Bible on Major Steve Lewis’s desk. Weinstein abhors the Bible, which Christians adore! As I have stated on multiple occasions, Mikey Weinstein does not contend with anyone who distributes material that references Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, leprechauns or fairies. Why? It is because none of them exist! Weinstein always contends with references to God because he knows God exists, which is why his anti-God suppression is invariable.
There is a reason Mr. Weinstein rejects the Bible. Weinstein does not reject the truth of the Bible because it contradicts itself; instead, he rejects the Bible because it contradicts him, which is why he always tries to suppress the truth because he loves his sin. Despite Weinstein’s frivolous attempts to remove a Bible, God’s Word is eternal and stands firm in heaven. Also, God’s Word alone is perfect and pure (Ps. 19:7-8), proven true (Prov. 30:5-6), stands forever (Is. 40:7-8), never returns void (Is. 55:11), never passes away (Matt. 24:34-35), and is breathed out by God (2 Tim. 3:26). Believers cannot live without it (Matt. 4:4), and God never lies (Tit. 1:2). Weinstein should be defending Major Steve Lewis’s biblical ardor that many Christians adhere to, instead of stifling the Constitution he claims to defend.
Weinstein’s contempt with Scripture is not inspiring, it is ignorant. I want to personally thank Major Steve Lewis for displaying his Bible replete with yellow highlighted verses, as I do all of the time. Major Lewis has a constitutional right to embrace his sincerely held theological convictions without anyone abridging his free exercise of religion. His devotion to Scripture is evidence of being a Christian (Ps. 1), which is why it is important for the military to ensure that anti-God, anti-Christian hate groups do not subdue his rights that many Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen have died defending. Supporters of religious liberty should be defending the Constitution, not denigrating Christians, which is why Weinstein should be ignored.
Mr. Weinstein has a good enough reason to reject the Bible: The Bible rejects his idolatry of being a lover of himself (golden-calf), and his appetite for money (greed), which is the indemnity towards his fundraising efforts which are reliant upon his inane attempts of bullying the military to yield and obey his demands. Here is a suggestion for the Peterson Air Force Base leadership to ponder: Ignore Mikey Weinstein and he will flee, guaranteed, or else the constitutional rights of military Christians may be the ones adversely affected.
Weinstein has personally maligned my theological convictions as well. Nevertheless, this has never caused my faith to abate or be suppressed, and it should not for you either. As a Christian chaplain that is endorsed by a DOD-approved ecclesiastical endorsing agency, I am committed to boldly propagating Christ and His Gospel. I am always evangelizing non-Christians, witnessing to atheists, dialoging about Scripture, devoting myself to Scripture, and distributing Scripture all of the time. Every month, I ensure that Bibles are interminably distributed at my assigned base (Wright Patterson Air Force Base), which has received a lot of news coverage. How come Weinstein did not revile my evangelistic endeavor? It is because I do not capitulate to the demands of an anti-God coward who makes a wealthy living out of castigating Bible-believing Christians because of their faith convictions that he frivolously condemns.
Instead, I do exactly what the Marines do: tell Weinstein to pound sand, which is something you should do as well.
Mr. Weinstein’s legal affronts can easily stir emotions and cause foreboding, but this need not be. The Air Force has already published guidance on how to deal with Weinstein and those like him. As discussed here, when contacted by Weinstein, don’t act hastily, continue to protect the free exercise of religion for all your Airmen, and resist him – because once Weinstein is ignored, he will flee.
Chaplain (Capt) Sonny Hernandez is a US Air Force Reserve Chaplain assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In April 2015, he was selected as the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Individual Mobilization Augmentee Company Grade Officer of the Year, and in May 2016, he was selected as 445th Airlift Wing CGO of the Quarter, first quarter. Hernandez earned a Doctorate from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The opinions expressed here are solely his and do not necessarily represent the views of any government, military, or religious organization. Sonny Hernandez wrote this article as a civilian on his own time on an issue of public interest.