I've never been a big fan of Jerry Falwell. Neither have I been a big fan of his critics.
He professed his Christianity. He led many to Christ. That's a good thing. I dare say that even most of those who don't believe in Christ ... or in the divinity of Christ ... would agree that following Christ's teachings would make the world a better place.
Jerry Falwell was also a polarizing force. But most of those who objected to what he said objected because they were the targets of his statements. Like the old saying, it's the struck pig that squeals.
Still, I wasn't a big fan of Jerry Falwell. But then, I'm not a fan of a lot of TV preachers.
Was he a political force? So I'm told. He never inspired me. I wonder if he's was nothing more than the conservative Christian's Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton: a media creation.
Many Blacks have said that they don't know how Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton came to be seen as a spokesman for them. Likewise, I have no idea how Jerry Falwell came to be seen as a spokesman for conservative Christians. I sure didn't vote for him.
Still, Jerry Falwell did some good. But he sure had his critics.
However, I am amazed how many who don't believe in God want to believe that Falwell's in Hell.