Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jerry Falwell

To tell the truth, Jerry Falwell was mostly bad for America. Whenever a preacher starts mixing the politics into the Gospel of eternal life, there will be problems. There are many areas of religious belief on which Brother Jerry and I might agree, but his ideas about the rightful role of government is simply nothing short of a police state.

The people most likely to follow a man like Falwell are the least likely to ever think about the consequences of their actions if carried to the logical conclusion, and that is the very loss of the land we all love. While some are heaping ridicule and malicious fantasies of eternal vengeance on his memory, it might be well to remember the most fundamental teaching of the Christian religion; redemption and forgiveness.

If I expect Almighty God to overlook my offenses, it might be a good idea for me to cut the other guy a little slack. So, Jerry, here is your slack. God is full of abundant mercy and, if he can forgive me, then we can all overlook one slightly off-his-rocker Baptist preacher. Divine retribution is something we humans should keep a healthy distance from anyway.

(Broadcast May 16, 2007)

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