Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
— Proverbs 17:28
At the February 6 City Council meeting, Charlottesville’s governing body—led by Councilor Kristin Szakos and Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy—voted to erase history. In the eyes of many, that outcome was a fait accompli.
However, in defense of her push to remove the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue from Lee Park, Szakos used a surprise tactic: the reliance upon her guiding “faith.”
Citing her long-ago abandoned religious studies for “the ministry” (which were dropped to pursue a career in writing), Szakos went on beg the audience’s indulgence while she shared “a bit about my faith.”
Nearly five minutes of hypocritical, quasi-religious blather followed, as the Gospel of Szakos was revealed to Charlottesville’s modern-day Sadducees.
While Ms. Szakos semi-eloquently referenced Biblical passages and concepts from Old Testament to New in defense of her position, cracks in her theology immediately became manifest.
Numerous allusions to “God’s position throughout Scripture” as one of concern for helpless “neighbors” were supplemented by Szakos characterizations of Jesus:
“Jesus consistently sided with those of little power.”
“Time after time in his teachings Jesus called out the need to act with mercy for those with less power in society.”
These kernels of “wisdom” may tickle the ears of her Secular-Humanist audience, but they stand in direct contradiction to Szakos’ fundamental beliefs. Councilor Szakos views abortion as a “right”; and she “supports” the murderous, genocidal Planned Parenthood (whose foundational principles include eradication of the very “African Americans” she purports to be protecting through her statue-removal vote.)
After all, who has less power than the unborn?
But even more damaging (and damning) than her two-faced approach to “loving” her neighbor, was Sister Kristin’s deceptive and distorted mischaracterization of Jesus—and Christianity itself.
Prefacing her remarks with, “I am a Christian,” a few moments later, Ms. Szakos added, “I don’t claim that the faith I profess is the only path to truth.”
Her spiritually treacherous “many paths to Salvation” narrative is clearly repudiated by Jesus, in his own words:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 English Standard Version)
Ultimately, the Gospel of Szakos (and other false prophets) will lead many astray. The Bible warns:
God never sent those men at all; they are “phonies” who have fooled you into thinking they are Christ’s apostles. Yet I am not surprised! Satan can change himself into an angel of light, so it is no wonder his servants can do it too, and seem like godly ministers. In the end they will get every bit of punishment their wicked deeds deserve. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 Living Bible)
In spite of the councilor’s possible good intentions and her comprehensive “religious” education, her remarks and her public positions are perilous in the short and long terms. The Word is clear: killing babies is dead wrong; and Jesus is the only “Truth.” Period.