Hesitating to peep my head up here, but being older, I’ve spent much of my life knowing of Paisely, and not liking him at all. I have a pastor-friend who pastored his daughter, for starters, and so I know more than I wish about the elders of his church. But also, Paisely always associated with Bob Jones Sr., and Jones Sr. did and stood for a lot of very bad things for many years. Back in the sixties-seventies, Dad took him on in “Out of My Mind” for his racist policies at BJU. At the time, BJU was simply awful. It was a blot on the Name of Jesus Christ and they loved Paisely and Paisely loved them.
Now I know that, since then, BJU has changed. Some. Some friends went to BJU, but they have not changed or caused me to regret my decades of wishing for the silencing of both Paisely and Bob Jones Sr. And I don’t say this being ignorant of the politics and history of Northern Ireland, having studied Irish history back at UW(Madison) where I was a history major.
Pastors and priests should never ever ever ever run for office. Never. And I say this having been as vocal as anyone in opposing the R2K/2K men like Darryl Hart. Every single time a pastor becomes a civil magistrate, he betrays his calling and ordination, and for the seriousness of that betrayal, think the Apostle Paul’s condemnation of John Mark (and read Calvin on it).
I despise (word chosen carefully) modern SJWs and their perpetual race-baiting, but anyone who lived through the last fifty years, and up to to the present, knows racism is alive and well in the Church today, both in NI and the US and really everywhere, just as it was alive in Galatia and perpetuated by the Judaizers. And opposed by the Apostle Paul.
But if I had to choose between being opposed to Paisely for his xenophobia or for his lack of oversight and discipline of his elders and proper care for his daughter, I’d choose the second 10,000 out of 10,000 times. Love,