Lest You Mourn Him...
"You shouldn't even miss me this much."
I have to admit that I've been on a bit of a losing streak lately.
I just missed out on a fantastic, potentially lucrative internship opportunity at a major firm. I received a 'B' from a professor who could have just as easily - and not altogether undeservedly - given me an 'A'. TiVo just provided me the opportunity to watch Tony Soprano commit an act (like Tony Montana, Nino Brown and a whole host of other likeable bad guys before him) so morally repugnant that I'm emotionally ready (at long last) to see him go. And, unlike the vast majority of my fellow wage-slaving clock punchers out there, I'm not terribly happy at my job.
So, there was room for my outlook to improve dramatically, and it did, when I learned of the recent death of Jerry Falwell. I know some of you are thinking, 'How awful of you to revel in someone's death, no matter who he was,' or some such sentimental hogwash. To you I simply respond, with my best Paulie Walnuts, "Get Da Fug Outta Here!"
Simply put: Jerry Falwell was an asshole. The worst kind of asshole, in fact, because he ceaselessly attacked gays, women who foolishly pursue economic and social equality and folks misguided enough to not worship the same God as he, while successfully innoculating himself against criticism by labeling all of his detractors God-haters. He also got the Christian right to embrace the idea that they had a Mandate from Above that compelled them to infest the world of politics - a world they'd historically written off as secular and unsalvagable.
Still, some can't find it in their Christian hearts to think ill of the dearly departed. Honestly, this kneejerk self-righteousness is one of the things I find most irritating about the bible-banging bunch: the very idea that it is somehow spiritually tacky to be thankful that a person, no matter how destructive or ethically diseased, is no longer around to cause trouble.
For you, I provide the words of the man himself. These were not paraphrased or taken out of context. Indeed, they were quoted very much within the context of Falwell's worldview. I retrieved this, appropriately enough, from a site called Positive Atheism. I doubt the Moral Majority would approve of their efforts.
If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being.
This is probably as bad a day as the court has had on social issues since "Roe v Wade." (reacting to the Supreme Court's ruling in the Texas sodomy case, "Lawrence v. Texas" wherein the high court uphelp an individual's (or a couple's) right to privacy).
I had a student ask me, "Could the savior you believe in save Osama bin Laden?" Of course, we know the blood of Jesus Christ can save him, and then he must be executed.."
God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve (regarding the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001).
The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this (regarding the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001).
And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen."
I sincerely believe that the collective efforts of many secularists during the past generation, resulting in the expulsion from our schools and from the public square, has left us vulnerable.)
I put all the blame legally and morally on the actions of the terrorist, but America's secular and anti-Christian environment left us open to our Lord's decision not to protect. When a nation deserts God and expels God from the culture ... the result is not good.
Pat, did you notice yesterday the ACLU, and all the Christ-haters, People For the American Way, NOW, etc. were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out on to God in prayer and sang "God Bless America" and said "let the ACLU be hanged"? In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time -- calling upon God.
I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!
AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.
The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.
If we are going to save America and evangelize the world, we cannot accommodate secular philosophies that are diametrically opposed to Christian truth ... We need to pull out all the stops to recruit and train 25 million Americans to become informed pro-moral activists whose voices can be heard in the halls of Congress.
I am convinced that America can be turned around if we will all get serious about the Master's business. It may be late, but it is never too late to do what is right. We need an old-fashioned, God-honoring, Christ-exalting revival to turn American back to God. America can be saved!
It appears that America's anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening.
There is no separation of church and state. Modern US Supreme Courts have raped the Constitution and raped the Christian faith and raped the churches by misinterpreting what the Founders had in mind in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible,without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc.
But these things speak evil of those things, verse 10 which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Look at the Metropolitan Community Church today, the gay church, almost accepted into the World Council of Churches. Almost, the vote was against them. But they will try again and again until they get in, and the tragedy is that they would get one vote. Because they are spoken of here in Jude as being brute beasts, that is going to the baser lust of the flesh to live immorally, and so Jude describes this as apostasy. But thank God this vile and satanic system will one day be utterly annihilated and there'll be a celebration in heaven.
The Jews are returning to their land of unbelief. They are spiritually blind and desperately in need of their Messiah and Savior.
Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.
I do not believe the homosexual community deserves minority status. One's misbehavior does not qualify him or her for minority status. Blacks, Hispanics, women, etc., are God-ordained minorities who do indeed deserve minority status.
Dan Moldea, the lead investigator for Larry Flynt's ongoing quest to uncover sexual indiscretions of Republican congressional members, has now admitted he was hired by the law firm defending President Clinton.
We're fighting against humanism, we're fighting against liberalism ... we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today ... our battle is with Satan himself.
Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan.
The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews.
AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharoah's chariotters.
You'll be riding along in an automobile. You'll be the driver perhaps. You're a Christian. There'll be several people in the automobile with you, maybe someone who is not a Christian. When the trumpet sounds you and the other born-again believers in that automobile will be instantly caught away - you will disappear, leaving behind only your clothes and physical things that cannot inherit eternal life.l That unsaved person or persons in the automobile will suddenly be startled to find the car suddenly somewhere crashes...Other cars on the highway driven by believers will suddenly be out of control and stark pandemonium will occur on...every highway in the world where Christians are caught away from the drivers wheel.