“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:7.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:2
I’m completely aware that the following topic is one that will likely offend many readers. My goal is not to get people riled up but rather to point the teachings of Christ and the advancement of His Kingdom while presenting perspective that greatly opposes the majority. We must be willing to turn loose of what we hold so dear to ever be found teachable and ready to embrace what the Lord instructed us to do upon this earth. Our own rationale and personal preference must be set aside in order to even be open to hear what the Lord is speaking to His people. Please keep in mind that His ways are not our ways nor do His plans always seem to make sense to us as we’ve drifted so far away from what He intended. We must be careful not to confuse “the way it’s always been” in this nation with who we’re called to be as born from above Believers. They are rarely ever one in the same.
For the past several months, I’ve gone to the chiropractor on a weekly basis. Every Thursday morning, I’m brought back to a private room and wait for the guy who is working to get my messed up neck and spine aligned to arrive. Although I usually never wait more than five or ten minutes at the most, I don’t sit well with nothing to tinker with, watch or do for very long. So, with that being said, I usually become engaged with the live radio that plays over the speakers. Since my appointments are almost always at the same time each week, I always hear the same broadcast. I won’t go into detail as to who it is, because it’s irrelevant really. This guy is a pretty well-known, nationally syndicated radio show host though, primarily in the Southeast. Now I understand that this guy caters primarily to people prone to attend NASCAR races and who likely know the lyrics to every top forty song in country music today, but it’s this guy’s stance on some important issues that really gets me riled up.
He often says things that offend me, as a follower of Christ, but I’m pretty accustomed to that. The interesting thing is, he’s the perfect poster child for patriotic Christian America. He seems to be completely OK with the belief that the American military can and should execute their power wherever and however they feel is appropriate. He often rants about how people who “don’t like America the way it is should just pack up and leave with all of the illegals”. He, as expected, is always telling stories that (I guess) are supposed to make grown men shed a tear or two. Sappy, American patriotism banter that cause people to envision fighter jets flying overhead as Old Glory waves in the background. It is the usual uber-patriotic fare really. Nothing too original with the exception of his occasional discussion of hunting and fishing expeditions.
Several weeks ago though, he crossed the line. (Well, my line anyway, which is nothing special or exact I might add.) Apparently in a preceding show that had already aired (that I didn’t hear), the discussion was surrounding an incident where a guy shot and killed a police officer. The host had apparently spent a great deal of time sharing how, in his opinion, this murderer of this police officer deserved to “be fried for his heinous act against one of America’s finest”. In the show that I heard, that reflected back on the previous broadcast, he read a letter on the air. It was from a concerned listener, a housewife I believe. She referred to herself as a Christian who wanted to promote another viewpoint on the matter. Her letter challenged the “murder the murderer” mentality and asked the host to consider the teachings of Christ. She basically encouraged the host to consider if Jesus sees us all equally. The fact that no one is “worse” than another and that we have all been shown God’s compassion, mercy and grace. She ended the letter with, in summary, “Shouldn’t we see this guy how God sees him? Shouldn’t we extend God’s love and forgiveness to him just like we’ve been shown?”
I was actually anxiously awaiting the host’s response as she posed her viewpoint quite well, and most importantly, biblically. Would he take a step back from his boastfully ugly stance and recant? Would he consider this listeners point of view and meet her in the middle? I truly was waiting for his response. And what was it? “Ma’am, should we show God’s love to this cop-killing murderer? I must say, absolutely not!” he exclaimed. He’d go on to rant about how this “cop-killer, degenerate of a man deserved to rot in hell for the atrocities that he’s done!” Really? “He deserved to rot in hell?” He went on to talk about how proud he was to be a patriotic Christian American that didn’t tolerate such heinous activity, especially against a defender of the people. “The Christian thing to do would be to execute good old fashioned American justice”, he’d go on to say. (I won’t even go into how immediately after this segment he discussed how “hot” a certain woman who had been on the show was and the jesting innuendo of what he’d like to do with her.)
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.” Jesus Christ in Luke 6:37
I couldn’t believe my ears as he continued on with his self-proclaimed pro-“Christian patriot” sermon. It would seem, to an untrained ear who wasn’t already indoctrinated from birth by this stuff, that the white Christian American patriot should eradicate all others who oppose them. It was as if I could hear the cheers of the patriotic Christian majority who were listening cheering “Kill him! Kill him!” throughout the reach of the broadcast. And they’d be justified and elated in doing so. Body of Christ, is this right? Is this what we have learned from studying the teachings of Jesus? The absolute only “man” to ever walk the earth and have the right to execute wrath and judgment laid down his own life for these “heinous” murderers, myself included! I’ve lusted after women, do I deserve death? I’ve stolen, should I be beaten until my accusers are satisfied? I’ve lied and had thoughts that would cause others to despise me. Do I also deserve to be put to death for my actions? I’d like the opportunity to ask the radio host if his daughter had an abortion and willingly killed an innocent baby within her womb, does she also deserve to be dragged off to the electric chair for her actions? To be true to this “defending the innocent” ideal, then absolutely yes. But that is different right? Or what of the thousands of innocent women and children (or the teenage boys who know nothing of what they’re fighting for, in many instances) that become casualties of wars that this nation wages? Are they not guiltless as well? Well, that is just how it is, right? We decide who is worthy of life and who is not and it’s all rooted in arrogance and pride.
“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Jesus Christ in Matthew 6:15.
Part 2 to post later this week. Archived Article on this topic: Hypocrisy Of The Nations