Ministers and preachers will have tons of good material for a long time after watching the entire DNC Convention in Charlotte, even without the now infamous “God vote.” Before those comments and evaluations start coming like a flood, a look at the best advice offered by one young guest writer for Fox News would be appropriate, if not definitive.
On September 6, 2012, Fox News guest writer Dalton Glasscock posted a scathing piece about the mountain of lies told at the DNC Convention. While it was all good, the only thing that went higher in scope and bravura than the mountain of DNC lies is Dalton’s conclusion to an article entitled “Fluke, Fornicators and Fabricators.” Dalton hosts a blog called “A Teen’s Take on Politics.”
Dalton said, “What fundamental transformation occurred in the Democratic Party that when the words ‘God’ and ‘Jerusalem’ were added back to the platform boos and jeers could be heard throughout the stadium. – Here’s some advice for the Democrats – watch out for cloud to ground lightning.”
Calling speakers and the president liars for things spoken at the DNC is already common across the journalistic front, but it is hardly new. Several websites were long ago established for that purpose. One well-edited site complete with cartoon offerings and hyperlinked documentation is Obama Lies.net. It is not mean-spirited but seeks only to inform the public that all that we hear is not all that there is.
No doubt, Dalton will be getting fireballs and poison darts flung at his blog by the perennial Obama-rite worshippers and sycophants, but he is in good company. As we close in on the final weeks of the 2012 campaign season, no one needs to engage the old idiom of ‘calling a spade a spade’ to cover what they say because there has been all too much fuel laid at the conservative’s front door. Terms like “liar” and “fabricator” are passive at this advanced point.
Objections aimed at those who use names and labels, especially those that seem a bit harsh, are usually leveled at Christians, faith websites, and ministers under the banner of the love of God. The view of liberals is that preachers, prophets, and evangelists should be standing on the sidelines telling everyone to be nice and stop calling each other names. Oh, really?!
The last time someone blasted me for telling the truth about liars got my usual but always civil response, but it doubled by making me search myself and the Bible to see if I was being extravagant, unkind, or out of character as a Christian. What I found surprised me.
Engaging the idea of WWJD (What would Jesus do?) fell short because Christ never asked us to guess at how he might act or react to people and situations in real life. He did tell us to submit to the power of his Holy Spirit and the words he spoke so that our very nature would be changed to resemble his. We are to be like him and not just guess what he might do.
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