Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Fox And The Tiger

Fox News political analyst Brit Hume recently called on Tiger Woods to embrace Christianity as a way of obtaining forgiveness and ultimate redemption for his well known transgressions. Hmm, Brit, let's take a look at your Christian self and the Bible, shall we?

Let's start with 2 Corinthians 14-15. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?"

Brit, you do consort with those devils and liars and hypocrites who nest at Fox News, and are one of the first officers of that ship of fools known as HMS Teabagger. You do oppress the poor--in direct contradiction to the Bible--with your rabid opposition to social programs and health care reform; you give voice to liars--in direct contradiction to the Bible--and broadcast their falsehoods worldwide; you enable those who make mischief and wage war--in direct contradiction to Christ, the Prince of Peace--by fomenting fury and rage with your broadcast of their bloody hatespeak.

This brings about occasion for me to address something I've been thinking about since John McCain appeared with Obama at Rick Warren's Saddleback forum during the election. Here's a transcript of the exchange that's been nagging in my thoughts.

Rick Warren: "You've made no doubt about the fact that you are a Christian. You publicly say you are a follower of Christ. What does that mean to you and how does faith work out in your life on a daily basis? What does it mean to you?"

John McCain: "It means I'm saved and forgiven. And we're talking about the world, our faith not just encompasses the United States of America but the world. Can I tell you another story real quick?"

Does Jesus save? Indeed. Does God forgive? Absolutely. But to distill the glory and wonder and majesty and mystery of Christ into two words, saved and forgiven, is a vast oversimplification. It's wrong to say, "I declare Jesus Christ to be my personal savior," while lying, stealing and committing all manner of wickedness and sin with impunity, and under the presumption that all is forgiven in the end. Faith is more profound than that.

So Brit, while you may consider yourself saved and forgiven, I don't think it's well that you profess to be in Christ while consorting with the disciples of Belial, namely, your colleagues at Fox News. Consider when the denizens of Jerusalem and Judaea came out to be baptized of John in the river Jordan. "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said to them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father." Matthew 3:7-9.

Just as the Pharisees used their lineage from Abraham to justify their self-righteous and sinful ways, so do today's hypocrites profess Christ with their lips thinking it cloaks and protects them from their own evil deeds.

Here's a little more Bible for you, Brit. It's from chapter 59 of Isaiah, verses 2-8: "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity...their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood...the way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings."

Remarkable how precisely those words describe your cohorts in the Fox den. One or other of those nasty traits is attributable to just about every person I've ever seen or heard opine on Fox News. Since those are the foxes you run with, maybe you should check your own fur before concerning yourself with repainting the stripes of a tiger.

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