More vile comments from local pastor…

As many who are familiar with the issues of vagrancy downtown and the impact of the rescue mission already know, those who give the rescue mission no blame for the problem often use “Christian charity”” as their shield to deflect any scrutiny or objections by the general public of the activities of the rescue mission. This attitude is insulting to those of us who are Christians but are able to look at the reality of situations and apply reason and critical thinking to understand the problem and then form well informed opinions and answers. Even after being faced with overwhelming data from multiple sources that have documented the vagrancy problem, its effect on the community, the root source and even proven solutions, there is still a part of our community that refuse to lay any responsibility on the rescue mission. This naive perspective allows them to justify any and all behaviors or activities as long as they have been branded as “Christian based”. Since the days of Christ there have been charlatans who have hidden behind the banner of Christianity to disguise the true nature of their activities and during that same time there have been volumes of people who fall for the act. In one of the most extreme examples, Adolph Hitler claimed “I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord”. 

In a recent letter to the editor, local Reverend Robby Entrekin wrote comments that compared our local Mayor as Herod the Great (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herod_the_Great). The sheer implications of these comments are so vile that they rank to the same levels of  the most outrageous of racist comments. Rev. Robby Entrekin should publicly apologize for his remarks. Below first is a response to Rev Entrekin’s letter and the latter part of this post is Rev. Entrekin’s original letter. Is this what we should expect from our local Christian leadership?

Readers response to letter to the editor :

This is in reply to the Dec. 13 letter “Make room at the inn” authored by the Rev. Robby Entrekin, about the Panama City Rescue Mission and Mayor Brudnicki’s handling of the issue.

There are certainly two sides to every story, and the Rescue Mission is no exception. However, in his letter the Rev. Entrekin equates the mayor to Herod: “Herod sent out troops to slay all the children of Bethlehem. The mayor of Panama City, who slept in a warm bed last night as the temperatures were in the 50s, desires to send out an eviction notice to the Rescue Mission.”

Seriously, the Rev. Entrekin, do you stand by that statement? Since his election, the mayor has explored various strategies which would possibly involve the relocation of the Mission to another area of the city. Given the property ownership is privately held, the mayor has discussed the issue with the owner. To date, no resolution has been reached, and the Mission continues at its current downtown location.

Now here we are, two weeks before Christmas, and a man of the cloth comes forward and makes outlandish statements about the mayor’s actions in this issue.

Shame on you, Reverend.

FRED APPLE

Panama City

Read more: http://www.newsherald.com/articles/inn-99052-bounds-reply.html#ixzz1gei0vLfM

Letter from Rev. Robby Entrekin

As we prepare for Christmas, I think it important to mention that Christ himself was homeless and born into poverty. When Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem, we find recorded in the Holy Scriptures that there was no room for them in the inn.

Jesus was not only born homeless but lived much of his adult life homeless. He said, “Foxes have their holes and birds have their nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His own head.” Without a doubt, were the Christ child born in Panama City today, He, along with Mary and Joseph, would not be welcomed.

Herod sent out troops to slay all the children in Bethlehem. The mayor of Panama City, who slept in a warm bed last night as the temperatures were in the 50s, desires to send out an eviction notice to the Rescue Mission. He wants Mary and Joseph to pack up and move out. He wants public feedings of the hungry to stop.

Jesus said, “Just as you do to the least of these, you do to me.” Mr. Mayor, be careful who you kick out and have no room for in your city.

REV. ROBBY ENTREKIN

Panama City Beach

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Read more: http://www.newsherald.com/articles/city-99031-born-joseph.html#ixzz1gehdlwVP

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