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Just a rant about media madness

ABC’s Sam Donaldson appeared on Thursday’s Good Morning America to talk about the developing Mark Sanford scandal and loudly assert that it’s hard to forgive Bible-thumping Republicans for their sexual transgressions. He began by deriding, “The problem Republicans have, so many of them are sanctimonious.”  [There’s a audio clip Here.]

The longtime contributor continued his attack on members of the GOP who get caught up in sex scandals: “They thump the Bible. They condemn everyone else, and when they- human- they don’t have much credit in the bank for forgiveness.

First of all, this is not a legitimate argument.  If it were, then we could just as easily say that President Obama was “sanctimonious” because he promoted and signed into law an anti-smoking law.  He said he was “95 percent cured” of his own addiction to cigarettes.  But at the same time he is saying smoking is not good for you and we should try to keep people from taking up the habit.  Perfect example of espousing a belief or truth and not quite living up to it yourself.

Mr. Donaldson’s statements are based on the misconception that many people seem to have about Christianity.  It is, in fact, itself an incredibly sanctimonious attitude, and shows great disdain for others.

Mr. Donaldson is saying Republicans but he has also said “thump the Bible” so I assume he is talking about Republicans who profess to be Christian and try to uphold the principles of Christianity.

But as I said, it is a misconception to say that as Christians we think that because we hold to certain beliefs that we put ourselves above any other.  Quite the contrary.  As a Christian, the very first thing you have to acknowledge is that you are a sinner, that you are a hopeless case.  You acknowledge also that God is right.  When he says thou shalt not steal or thou shalt not bear false witness or thou shalt not commit adultery, whatever it is, you say, yes, I agree, this is God’s perfection for us.

But He Knows full well we can’t fulfill this, and that’s why he sent us a Savior.  We say, thank you, Lord.  And instead of trying to figure out a way to get away with something, we try to live up to the standard God has set for us.  In NO way are we saying that in reality we can live up to those standards perfectly.

Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  Paul said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am Chief.”

The main theme of Christianity is redemption, forgiveness.  It only means that we try our best, but when we fail, and we will fail,  we have a Savior to forgive our failures and help us to get up and try again.

So to me, when someone says “I believe in family, in fidelity, in honesty,” he is saying this is what we should strive for in our lives and in our country, not that he thinks he, himself, is some perfect human being.

As to Mr. Donaldson, I don’t know what he believes, don’t care really, but it is interesting that he and others like him are the first ones to jump up to condemn because another has fallen short, fallen short of standards that he/they probably don’t even believe in themselves.

UPDATE:  I did not see it, but I was reading today how Keith Olbermann gleefully read Sanford’s emails on MSNBC  (the place for politics).  Right.  More like the place to promote the liberal agenda and savage Republicans and conservatives.  Talk about mean-spirited.   I have often wondered about the early Christians who were thrown to the lions and crowds viewed it for entertainment.  The same spirit is at work in the world today.

UPDATE:  Just saw a clip of Paul Begala (CNN) spouting off with this same argument, about somebody trying to tell him how to live.  Please.  Nobody cares how he lives, that’s for sure.  Wasn’t he the one who was preaching that sex was a private matter?  It’s time for this double standard to end.

Posted:  06.25.09  Updated:  06.26.09 @ 11:23/11:50 p.m.

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Obama speaking in Egypt: “assalaamu alaykum”

Complete transcript of Barack H. Obama’s speech.

“I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum.”

Never in history has a president of the United States “addressed Islam.” Odd, he was not addressing another country, but Islam, saying at the beginning:

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world…..” (a country and a religion?). And he continues with a speech riddled with religious references and many quotes from the Koran, and I believe only one time quoting from the Bible, and once from the Talmud.

“The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.”

More mixing of “church and state” than I have ever heard, except you can’t say “church,” but what would you say? “Mosque and state?”

And he denies it, but I predict Israel will go under the Obama bus before it is over with.

Posted: 06.04.09

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Obama depicted as Christlike figure on CNN

These people never cease to amaze me.  CNN (see video) today/yesterday showed an image of Obama somehow superimposed over a promotional poster of the movie “The Passion of Christ.”

This little guy, Tyson Wheatley, of CNN’s “i-reports” is beside himself over it.  He says the “artist” who created this was inspired by said poster and that he wanted to create something that depicted “pressure, strength, and uncertainty” all in one place and the darn thing makes it look like he has a crown of thorns on his head.  He used passages from the “Bible, campaign speeches, and from Julius Caesar” to put that last little touch on it.

Lord.  Lord.  And we still have problems?  I’m sure he can turn water into wine and paper into money.  What more do we need?  Oh, but that’s right, he is going to turn paper into money.

CNN is actually outdoing MSNBC on the Obama worship, I do believe.

Posted:  01.08.09

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