Now-a-days all I can do to keep my head from exploding in anger and frustration at the leftist media establishment is to do my best to steer clear of them. It’s actually hard to do on a military base when the common-usage facilities you need like the gym, hospital and others always keep stellar channels like CNN and BET on (I’m not a racist but “Black Entertainment TV” with it’s glamorizing of lust and greed certainly is). Even on post I can’t catch a break.
What I usually do is hide in my truck and listen to conservative talk radio. And even then I get upset all-too-often. Sometimes it’s because the host, despite being a “conservative” is still assed-up on an issue. Other times it’s because a caller is a moron and the host won’t or can’t set them straight.
Such an incident occurred the other day when I was listening to Michael Medved. Mike is a really nice Jewish conservative (stop rubbing your eyes as if it was a typo, he really is a Jewish conservative) but sometimes I think he’s too nice. And he sometimes appears ill-equipped to talk to Christians. In particular was the caller who told him that, despite being a Christian, he saw no reason to get involved in the current trend of government-sponsored homosexual marriage (thanks to renegade governors and tyrannical leftist judges). The caller sounded sincere which only frustrated me all the more. He said things that were correct, but horribly out of context such as “There’s no sense fixing a homosexual when they are destined for Hell without Christ…sin is sin regardless of severity without Salvation…” and the one that really torques me the most when it comes out of anybody’s mouth least of all another Christian, “judge not least ye be judged.”
Let me address the last first before I punch out my keyboard. Mislead and misguided people have used and abused our L-rd’s Words for centuries because it is so easy to pervert the context and make it sound as if Jesus was OK with anybody doing anything. If you look at the context of what He said (in Matthew chapter 7) He was talking about hypocrisy not sin! He absolutely was not saying, “Let people do whatever they please, just make sure you’re perfect.” When reading the Bible which is (depending on the size of the print) thousands of pages long, the key to understanding the message in front of you is context, context, context.
A great passage to contrast Matthew 7 with is the one describing what happened to the adulteress in John 8. The Pharisees had caught a woman in the act and brought her to Jesus for judgment. What were their motivations? —They found perverse pleasure in sticking it to somebody (as we all have at one point or another) and they were trying to trip Jesus up because His Mission at that time was about compassion and forgiveness. They were not bringing her to Him because they wanted to either teach her about right and wrong or in an effort to keep moral law within the community. So Jesus called them on it and said, “The one without sin can cast the first stone.” It was an awesome way to shut up people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. He didn’t say, “The law condemning an adulteress to death is wrong, throw it away.” He had a specific situation to tackle with a specific person—the woman in front of Him, He was not representing all of Jewish government. He knew that what would have the greatest effect on that woman (because, as G-d, He can read minds and know hearts) was Grace and forgiveness because, in that society, it was the last thing she expected. In today’s society, it’s the first thing predators and criminals expect.
And even in forgiveness, the L-rd closed His Discourse with these words—
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, L-rd.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” ~ John 8:10-11 (emphasis added), NASU
On a person-to-person level, Christians should always lead their relationships with unBelievers with tolerance and love in order to win them to Jesus Who then can work on shaping them up. Of course you don’t fix a hangnail on someone who is dying of cancer.
But Government is an entirely different issue. Government is supposed to represent G-d and His Character and to promote His Truth in order to keep sin and anarchy (man’s natural state) at bay—
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from G-d, and those which exist are established by G-d. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the Ordinance of G-d; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a Minister of G-d to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a Minister of G-d, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. ~ Romans 13:1-4 (emphasis added), NASU
That caller was entirely wrong. Every Christian American is duty bound to see G-d’s Character infused in our government.