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Words, Bias and a Carpenter’s Son

In The Pastor's Blog on September 21, 2008 at 9:35 PM

The conventions are over, and much news has passed under the proverbial bridge over the last several weeks. There have been disastrous hurricanes, flooding, investigations, accusations and a host of other things to keep our minds occupied during this election cycle. One thing I can say without hesitation is how mean-spirited some people in our great nation can be. It’s perfectly acceptable to have open-minded debate, but to be so vile and nasty is uncalled for by rational people.

Recently, Senator Barack Obama was compared to Jesus, who, according to this Fox News article Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen compared Senator Obama to Jesus Christ and Governor Palin to Pontius Pilate; he said Senator Obama was a community organizer like Jesus. Really? I didn’t know my Lord and Savior was a community organizer. Though community organizers likely do wonderful work, they are certainly not worthy to be compared to the Son of the living God.

Did you really catch what Representative Cohen said? As he turned from the podium to walk away, I got the sense he thought he had made an invaluable contribution to the Obama/Biden ticket. I’m quite sure he felt good about his remarks and good about his far-fetched comparisons. It is not entirely clear to me, however, if he thought those remarks through before embarrassing himself in front of other members of the house.

To bring Jesus down to our level is the work of those who do not honor God or His Son. Jesus is my Lord and Savior; He is my rock, shield, fortress, strength, friend that sticks closer than a brother, soon coming King, creator, healer and Holy Ghost baptizer. There is none like Him; He is above all gods, and is Lord of all. Look what John wrote in John 1:1-5:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Other scriptures referencing the fact Jesus is the Son of God:

  • John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
  • II Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
  • Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
  • Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

It is a far stretch, indeed, to equate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate, who was also a governor. To be sure, she is a governor, but is not a ruler from an occupying nation. The last time I checked, Alaska is one of our fifty states. The word governor in reference to Pontius Pilate means: a leader of a province, or a ruler.

I suppose a comparison could be made in one sense, though. Pontius Pilate’s wife told him not to have anything to do with the death of Jesus Christ, and Pilate listened to her wisdom. The Word of God declares in Matthew 27:19 “When he [Pilate] was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man [Jesus]: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” Brackets are mine for clarity. Pilate wanted to release Jesus in order to save His life. Governor Palin is a wise governor, desirous of making wise decisions that affect the lives of people she governs.

While at the doctor’s office last week, I happened to find the September 8 edition of Newsweek magazine. There’s a wonderful picture of Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin on the cover. On page 10 is the Conventional Wisdom Watch section. I was astounded by what the graph showed. I want you to look at the chart and see if you agree with me: there seems to be a certain blindness when it comes to the Illinois senator. I do believe Newsweek got the part about Governor Palin all wrong. It should have read next to her, the Illinois senator has no experience. What was said about Mrs. Obama’s speech was completely uncalled for. In other words, if you have reservations about her, you must be a bigot.

Conservatives are not shown the same respect as those on the left, and it can clearly be seen if we would but open our eyes. What do you think?

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