When you visit Virginia Lt. Governor candidate E. W. Jackson's website at first glance it is hard to perceive a divisive agenda. A major section on the front page is titled "Inspire and Unite." But Jackson's sermon , at the Restoration Fellowship Church on Sunday, was perhaps inspirational only to the congregation and divisive for anyone outside the tent.
According to the report in the Washington Post, Jackson said, “Any time you say, ‘There is no other means of salvation but through Jesus Christ, and if you don’t know him and you don’t follow him and you don’t go through him, you are engaged in some sort of false religion,’ that’s controversial. But it’s the truth. Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me.’”
Jackson was, of course, preaching to the choir. The church’s pastor, Jay Ahlemann, agreed with Jackson’s interpretation. However, proclamations of Christian exclusivity are far from benign. It is this exclusivity that is responsible for the gravest excesses of Christianity from the genocide of the Native Americans to the Holocaust.
Jackson forgets that the state he is aspiring to lead has plenty of atheists, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus and Muslims. The section on his website "Inspire and Unite" states "The light of liberty burns dim today, but we will inspire and unite people from every corner of the Commonwealth to set freedom’s torch ablaze again. Virginians must lead the way. God will show us the way. Let Liberty Light the way." God, or at least Jackson's God is clearly not doing much for unity.