Recently this blog learned is was blocked by Tim Lee who now chairs of the Board of Trustees of Liberty University. Tim has earned a nasty reputation of being an autocrat who has gone on campaigns to block Liberty students and alumni on social media. Liberty deeply digressed when he replaced Allen McFarland. This blog looks at Tim Lee and asks some questions about the evangelist and raises concerns about him.
“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.“
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
I really had no plans of doing a post about Tim Lee. For those who do not know Tim Lee is a handicapped Vietnam veteran who is a fundamentalist who shares of his experience of faith and also discusses his war experience. The name of his organization is called Tim Lee Ministries. He was recently made the Chair of the Liberty Board of Trustees. There were many aspects to the Liberty University scandal on my radar but originally this was not one of them. I did write about him when I looked at the Liberty University Board of Trustees, which you can read about in, “A Deep Dive Into the Liberty University Board of Trustees.” Then I began to learn of Tim’s authoritarianism and his response to Liberty students and alumni. The tipping point for me is learning his aggressiveness towards this blog before I even planned to do much about Tim. That has now changed my intention of writing about Tim. .
Tim Lee Blocking and Mocking Liberty University Students
As the Jerry Falwell Jr. scandal dragged on many students reached out to members of the Board of Trustees and expressed their concerns. One of them is Aidan Daniel from Lynchburg who responded and then composed a form letter for Liberty students to send to the leadership of Liberty.
Tim went on a blocking spree against Liberty students. Many of them who never tweeted or interacted with them. I have been thinking about this but can anyone come up with an example in the United States where a board member went on a blocking spree on social media against his own students from the university he serves at? John Hopkins? UCLA? Gonzaga? Southern Melodist University? Syracuse? University of Nebraska – Lincoln? Has that happened before?
One of the people who reacted harshly to an email he received was Tim Lee. Because of how he reacted Tim’s comments were published on Twitter by Save 71. Would any rational individual would have responded to the way Tim Lee did? You can read and compare Tim Lee’s response to how Allen McFarland responded.
Tim Lee Blocks The Wondering Eagle
Last Friday I was out scoping social media and checking on different accounts on Twitter. I didn’t have a particular agenda I was just looking around. I followed a link to Tim Lee and I got the following message that popped up.
It was when I realized I was blocked this blog looked around and found the growing choruses of Liberty students, alumni and other who talked about Tim Lee’s aggressive and mocking behavior online.
Tim Lee’s Ministry Doesn’t Have a Leg Stand On, and How Does it Compare to the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians?
As Tim Lee’s blocking party and aggressive behavior cascades on Twitter I began to realize the questionable practice of his ministry. If I could suggest to Tim Lee Ministries this blog would recommend changing its name to “Tim Lee LOL.” Because laughing at an evangelist who aggressively blocks people and shuts them out is really the only thing one can do. Could you imagine Jesus practicing cancel culture? Him standing and giving the Sermon on the Mount and pointing to parts of the crowd and telling them, “You are not welcome here, go home and never listen to my message again.” But in a way that is exactly what Tim Lee does. If we take the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians how does Tim Lee size up?
- Faithfulness – To what I ask? God or the evangelical culture wars?
- Self-Control -Fail, look at how he is lashing out against Liberty students.
- Patience – Fail, read his response to a Liberty student who emailed him.
- Goodness – Fail, I am hard pressed to see his goodness through his behavior.
- Gentleness – Fail, that’s why he aggressively blocks everyone on Twitter who disagrees with him.
- Joy – Undecided…
- Kindness – Fail, kindness and authoritarianism do not mix at all.
- Peace – Fail, so much for Jesus’s blessed are the peacemakers when he leaves a trail of hubris in his wake.
- Love – Fail, unless you consider authoritarianism, Mark Driscoll kind of love actually love, which this blog disagrees with.
Is Tim just trying to squeeze money out of people and churches in his ministry?
Regarding His Marine Corp Experience and Talk of War
When I was growing up in California I had a neighbor who served in the Pacific in World War II. He really didn’t want to talk about what he saw. Out here in D.C. I crossed paths with someone who told me that her father was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The trauma of the Japanese attack was such that for the remainder of his life he didn’t want to talk about it. I’ve also met on retreats or in person at church various members of the United States military who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. What they saw they wanted to keep to themselves or talk with a mental health professional. But most people who have served and seen war have been humbled by it. Its not something that they really want to talk or share about.
Then you have someone like Tim Lee who can wear his medals, and hypes up and broadcasts his Vietnam service. And while this blog thanks him for serving it does seem as if Tim Lee is narcissistic in how he functions. Many of the people that I’ve met who served in war don’t want to be singled out and get attention for it. They don’t wear their medals or boast of their military service. They don’t act like Tim Lee does in hyping up their experience. I don’t think what Tim does is wise in the view of this blog. But war is not something to boast about or wear on your shoulder. Tim shows why Christian nationalism is dangerous and problematic.
Who Would Tim Lee Fear More? An Organization Like Save 71 or the Viet Cong?
In light of Tim Lee’s behavior on social media and how he responds to people this blog would like to ask a question. I watched his testimony above about stepping on a land mine in Vietnam most likely placed by the Viet Cong. And what this blog is going to say is anachronistic because both Save 71 and the Vietnam War are from two different times in history. Save 71 is committed to bringing about change at Liberty University. Its commitment is in the form of requesting transparency in a questionable organization that Jerry Prevo runs. They are rightfully concerned with the Board of Trustees and school governance. So this blog has a question for Tim Lee. When you think of the two organizations – Save 71 and the Viet Cong they both have different missions. The Viet Cong was successful as the anniversary of ending the Vietnam war recently happened on April 30, and they re-united Vietnam.
But who would Tim Lee fear more? An organization committed to transparency at Liberty like Save 71 or an organization like the Viet Cong which likely planted the mines that took Tim’s legs? Due to his behavior and his outright corruption this blog believes that Tim Lee would fear the mission of Save 71 and its commitment to transparency more than the Viet Cong. This blog does not say this with ease but it must also be committed to asking the hard questions. Aren’t 15,000 students in Lynchburg, Virginia worth a difficult question? This blog believes this to be an important issue. Tim Lee creates his own problems and is digging his own hole on this manner. This blog is going will write more about Tim Lee in the near future.