Archive for August 2012

Pat Robertson is “Just Wrong on Every Level”

August 17, 2012

Pat Robertson joined Joe Biden this week as part of the “Old White Guys Saying Crazy things” Club.  Sadly what Pat Robertson said was much worse because it was a tragic distortion of the gospel.  The following video is a shocking response to a single woman who is raising three children she adopted internationally.  

Instead of commending this woman for her love and compassion, he essentially belittles her, while still justifying that he believes in supporting orphans.  Because the background of internationally adopted children can be uncertain and can include “brain damage, sexual abuse, cruelty, and food deprivation” Pat Robertson believes people should be careful of adopting internationally.  He goes on to say “You don’t have to take on someone elses problems.” He concludes by saying that he believes in caring for orphans around the world, but “That doesn’t necessrily mean I have to take all the orphans around the world into my home.”

This negative view of adoption displays a tragic lack of understanding of the gospel and Christ’s work on the cross.  Because of the cross, and God’s great love and mercy every single Christian has been adopted into God’s family and are children of God, our heavenly Father.  God adopted into His family people who did things so horrific that He was forced to sacrifice His Son on the cross.  We rebelled against God and spat in His face, “but God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved… So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are members of the household of God.”  (Ephesians 2:4-5, 19)  One of the great beautiful truths of the gospel is that God brought all those He saved into His house as children, not grudgingly in anyway but welcoming them with open arms.  God loves us regardless of our past.  He is a “father to the fatherless.”  The “friend of tax collectors and sinners.”  He is the father of the rape victim, the abused, the poor and homeless, and even the brain damaged, starved, and those who are cruelly treated.  God loves us sacrificially and unconditionally, and this is the love Christians need to exude to the world because it is the love with which we have been loved.    Tragically Pat Robertson does not understand how central adoption is to the Christianity and the gospel and has distorted Christianity to the world as a result.

The heart of the gospel is that God adopted as His own children people who were worse than “weird,” people who rebelled directly against Him and whose sins required the crucifixion of His son, and people who have the most messed up lives ever. If the gospel and the cross don’t encourage and inspire someone to adopt or at least appreciate people who adopt needy children, then he clearly has a very twisted view of the gospel and what God has done.

When Christian leaders teach a twisted view of the gospel it is crucial that Christians stand up and respond.  While the silence was deafening during the Doug Wilson controversy, thankfully Christian leaders are very quickly responding in this instance.  One of the first to respond was Russell Moore whose response is well worth the read.  This is yet another time where Christians need to stand up and defend Christianity by saying unequivocably, “That man does not speak for us.”  To quote Pat Robertson’s cohost on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson’s comments were #JustWrongonEveryLevel. 

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Ryan Pick Creates Clear Policy Debate

August 16, 2012

Under a week ago Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate.  Immediately liberals tried attacking Paul Ryan as someone who is trying to eliminate medicare for seniors.  This has lead to something we have not yet had in this campaign.  The campaign is becoming a clear policy debate over a crucial policy proposal.  When holding a press conference to set the record straight on the difference between the Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden approach to medicare Mitt Romney drew a very simple and easy to understand chart on a markerboard

Romney chart on differences in medicare policy

Black Conservatives Stand up to Joe Biden

August 15, 2012

Yesterday in Danville, Va (?) Joe Biden used highly racially charged and offensive language as he mischaracterized Mitt Romney’s economic proposals.  Speaking with black people sitting right behind him, he said “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”  This went far beyond any sense of decency or civility, and thankfully Virginia Black Conservatives are standing up.  They quickly issued a response to the Vice President which I have reposted below.

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OUR RESPONSE TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S COMMENTS YESTERDAY.

Members of the Virginia Black Conservatives Forum (VBC) are speaking out against recent remarks made by Vice President Biden, suggesting that Mitt Romney’s economic policies would “put [black people] back in chains.” The Vice President made his disparaging remarks yesterday at a rally in Danville, Va.

“Vice President Biden’s comments that a Republican White House would mean that blacks would end up in chains are incredibly offensive,” said Terrence Boulden, president of VBC. “The Vice President’s remarks are not a veiled reference to slavery, but are instead a very deliberate attempt to conjure up fearful images from a dark and unfortunate time in our great country’s history. Of course, no one could take the Vice President’s words for their literal meaning and that is why his words are so wrong. Such a cowardly attempt at fear mongering has no place in civilized discourse. Whether you are a member of the party of Frederick Douglass or not should not matter; what matters is that racism needs to be admonished every time it peeks its little cowardly head out of its hole in the dirt.”

“With black unemployment at its highest levels in recent history-thanks in part to the policies of the Obama/Biden administration, one would think it politically wise to steer clear of an argument that posits their administration as helpful to black Americans,” said Coby W. Dillard, founder of VBC. “The Romney/Ryan ticket presents an opportunity for both parties to have an intelligent conversation on the entitlement state and its negative impact on Americans of all races. True to form, however, the Obama/Biden administration prefers to engage in “attack and blame” politics than to present any meaningful solutions that will get Americans working, rein in our excessive spending, and renew the promise of equal opportunity for future generations.”

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