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Jesus Told Me He’s Offended

I saw the image below on Facebook last week, posted, it would seem, with the intent of ridiculing the eminently ridiculous Joy Behar. Consequently, I had thoughts—two, to be exact. Those thoughts, though both relating to the image here presented, were unrelated to each other, and so would most properly be presented in separate posts. This is the first.


“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus; it’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct.”

The intent of Behar’s remark, uttered on the insightful* daytime television production “The View,” was to mock Vice President Mike Pence for claiming to hear from Jesus. I’ve made no attempt to verify Pence’s alleged claims to divine revelation (an issue I’ll address tomorrow), since it has no bearing on the point I want to make here. He might be legitimate; he might be a full-blown charismatic nut, or some lesser variation thereof; which doesn’t matter. What matters is his, and other Christians’, reaction to this mockery.

Fox News reported that

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell published an open letter to ABC News after the controversial comments, calling for an apology for the “anti-Christian remarks.” . . . “Make no mistake, the slurs against the vice president’s faith insult millions of Christians and are unacceptable. If there are no on-air apologies after this deplorable episode, Christians will tune out ABC programming across the board. And we will do our best to encourage it,” Bozell wrote.

Pence himself didn’t appreciate the comments and slammed ABC News Wednesday on C-SPAN. “To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong,” Pence said. “It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance.”

We live in a culture of perpetual offendedness, a culture that is, as it were, poised in emotional starting blocks, adrenalin pumping, ready to fly into a fit of outrage at the crack of the starter’s pistol. This is the culture that surrounds us, but it is not—I speak as a Christian—our culture. Our culture is the Church. We are the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We follow his example who, “while being reviled, He did not revile in return” (1 Peter 2:23). We are content to be considered “fools for Christ’s sake” and be “roughly treated.” “When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate (1 Corinthians 4:10–13). We “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us]” (Matthew 5:44). Conspicuously absent from Scripture is any exhortation to scold, demand an apology, and threaten reprisals.

How, then, should we respond to the world’s abuse? I think the answer is obvious: If we truly love our enemies, we will, rather than knocking them down for offending us, seek to lift them up. We will stifle our natural inclination to strike back, and tell them what we really believe—the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will direct them to the source of that gospel—not some mystical “God talks to me,” but “the prophetic word made more sure” (2 Peter 1:19–21), that is, the written Word of God.

If they insult us for it, who cares?

* Idiotic.

Posted 2018·02·19 by David Kjos
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