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       Wednesday, July 21 2004 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

The Left will be left behind

A smart-alecky leftist columnist for the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, earlier this week struck a note that the elitist media love to play and make the rest of us hear, as his column suggesting that the success of the Left Behind series of books presenting a fictional spin on the second coming of Christ should embarrass Americans as much as the terrorists in their midst should chagrin the Arabic-speaking world. Not only was Kristof's anti-Christian column picked up in the International Herald Tribune (the NYTimes-owned most-widely-read American newspaper in Europe), it's been picked up in Australia and other far corners of the world where leftist editors like to see Americans cast as racist rubes. Considering how widely I've seen it republished in the English-reading world, one can only imagine how widely it's being translated and disseminated in French- and German-reading parts.

I say the piece is anti-Christian, even though Kristof probably thinks it's "only" anti-fundamentalist-American, because the central scene of the latest of the Left Behind books that he focuses his ridicule on is based on a biblical teaching—Christ's coming again to judge the world on the basis of what people do with the grace He's provided—which is held by any Christian who subscribes to the basic creed of the faith: "He shall come again in glory to judge the living and the dead." This judgment, Kristof and many of the headlines accompanying his piece, as the Sydney, Aus., Morning Herald puts it, depicts the "awful vision of a bloodthirsty Jesus."

Such caricatures are also rightly called smart-alecky, as is Kristof's treatment of a passage in the latest book:

    "The riders not thrown," the novel says, "leaped from their horses and tried to control them with the reins, but even as they struggled, their own flesh dissolved, their eyes melted and their tongues disintegrated. Seconds later the same plague afflicted the horses, their flesh and eyes and tongues melting away, leaving grotesque skeletons standing, before they too rattled to the pavement.

    One might have thought that Jesus would be more of an animal lover.

Of course anyone who's read Genesis' account of the Great Flood of Noah's time (3000 years earlier than Jesus' incarnation and preached by God's messengers through the ages) would know God has never let His love for His animal creatures forestall the penalties promised against man's anarchy.

The worst offense in Kristof's column is its jump from describing fictionalized accounts of biblical prophecies to the conclusion that those who believes in such prophecies are intolerant and likely to be violent. No where does he back this assertion with any evidence, except to allude: "we did jail thousands of Muslims here and abroad after the September 11 attacks, and ordinary Americans joined in the torture of inmates at Abu Ghraib." I submit that "we"—if that means those Americans who love the Lord and try to follow His Word—did not "jail thousands of Muslims here and abroad after the September 11 attacks," but rather our administrative representatives, more commonly police and military, may have at various times and places and for varying periods of time, incarcerated suspects found in the course of their duly authorized investigations into the most heinous attack ever perpetrated on Americans on American soil, which immediately killed thousands of Americans, including a cross-section of whom were also Muslims, who had no ill will against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and most of whom could not have identified Bin Laden in a quiz. "We" did not tolerate abuse in Abu Ghraib, as the highest-placed evangelical Christians in our government were quick to affirm. They—the President and His appointees—are our representatives, not Nicholas Kristof and certainly not the sex-crazed under-trained post-moderns appointed to watch the Abu Ghraib detainees.

And yes, Nicholas, Jesus himself says the left will be left behind: "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me,'" (Matthew 25:41-46). Some animals He loves; He calls them His sheep. He's not much kinder, however, to the poor goats than He is depicted as treating the enemy's horses in the Left Behind book.

Of course, the left and the right, the sheep and the goats are metaphorical. His right may well be my, or your, left, and vice versa. Just as Kristof's implication that evangelicals believe that only evangelicals can be saved from hell or that their view of salvation is racist and leans to ethnic cleansing are lies, it's not true to say liberals cannot be saved. But as another columnist said this week: To many conservatives, "the average liberal is an amoral atheist who believes all values are relative and whose main recreations are promiscuous sex, illegal drugs and hating America. Liberals favor killing unborn children whenever it's convenient to do so and using other peoples' money to advance their pet causes, which include destroying Western civilization by undermining its basic institutions, such as marriage and the family." I would call that prototypical, but not typical.

That definition is also sufficiently exaggerated to be called a lie. But more than ever, it's getting becoming truer. (Even the Pope said so earlier this month.) If the liberal shoe fits, wear it; but if not, don't jump to conclude that I'm forcing it on anyone. The Lord is merciful and invites all to His banquet; so are and so do all those who love Him and are loved by Him.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

Shoe Box

As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husband's ranch near Snowflake. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it. For 50 years Uncle Jack left the box alone, until Aunt Edna was old and dying. One day, when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important. Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents.

"My mother gave me that box the day we married," she explained. "She told me to make a doily to help ease my frustrations every time I got mad at you." Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years she'd been mad at him only twice. "What's the $82,500 for?" he asked. "Oh, well, that's the money I've made selling the doilies."

Sent by Trudy Myers 

 

Thought for today

Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

Sent by Julie Masterson  

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