No outrage because we simply don't care. A few months ago, the disgusting
FOX cartoon "The Family Guy" that airs in prime time on Sunday nights and
targets children and families, aired an episode titled, "I Dream of Jesus."
The sad reality is, many people, I am sure even some Christians, will find
this mocking portrayal of our Lord humorous. I have no doubt I will get
flooded with emails from people saying, "lighten up, it is just a cartoon."
That is the whole point of this Devotional today. There is no outrage
because the fact is, we simply don't care that our Lord and Savior is
mocked, demeaned, and blasphemed, and turned into a joke!
I have told you for years about NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch, a man who has
made his multi-billion dollar fortune by selling sleaze to the general
public guised as news. It makes me laugh how many Christians love FOX News
that is also owned by this sleaze merchant. If this blasphemy of Christ had
been done on NBC or some "sleazy website," you can bet Bill O'Reilly would
have done a segment on this program. It would have been a segment on Hannity
and Colmes, Fox and Friends, and all of their programs. But since it was
their own company putting out this blasphemy of Jesus...SILENCE!
As I sat and watched this blasphemous depiction of our Lord, let me tell you
exactly what I was thinking. I thought, Lord, let the fire and brimstone
rain out of the heavens on this wicked nation. Pour out your wrath and judge
this rebellious people. I am dead serious. Why should God continue to
withhold His wrath any longer. We legally slaughter 4,000 innocent babies
every 24 hours. We make a mockery of God's Holy Institution of Marriage. We
live in complete and total rebellion to God's Word. We blaspheme Jesus who
came to save this world. We literally spit in the face of God every minute
of every day. We deserve His wrath and punishment!
One year ago the stock market was at 14,000. Today it is around 8,000. That
is a 35% loss in one year! Apx. 10 TRILLION dollars has been lost in the
past 18 months. For those who have been part of the Liveprayer family for at
least the past couple of years, you will remember I kept telling you to be
prepared for 2008, it would a year of great upheaval and one like we have
never experienced before, a year of great change.
It was early in 2008 I shared with you a word on how God could easily use
the economy as a form of His judgment on this nation and made that case.
Well, here we are, and while tens of millions of people are hurting, feeling
the pain of this economic meltdown we are living through, men are creating
cartoons for a prime time network program geared to children and families
mocking and blaspheming Jesus.
The amazing thing is, we are so blinded by our sin, we don't even understand
how much trouble we are in. There is only one hope, one answer, and that is
Jesus. Yet, instead of falling on our faces and begging Christ to forgive us
for our gross sins and wickedness, we blaspheme Him in a cartoon, turning
the only hope for this world and for each person into a joke. We are not
only a sinful, wicked, and pathetic people, we are also very stupid people.
That is like if you were drowning and there was one person with a life raft
to rescue you. Instead of crying out to that person for help, you curse him
and tell him to get lost.
Am I being too sensitive? Am I being so rigid that I have missed the humor
in this depiction of Jesus? NO! I guarantee you that the geniuses at FOX
would never, EVER, dare to depict Mohammed in this way. The FOX studios
would be bombed if they did. Every Muslim group would be holding press
conferences in outrage. Fatwas would be issued against Murdoch. No, they
would never dare blaspheme Mohammed in this way, but Jesus, no problem
because they know gutless Christians will sit back and take it. They know
that there are no Christian leaders with a large platform who have the guts
to speak out. I am certain they never even thought twice about it, and those
who created this filth probably had a great laugh. I assure you they won't
be laughing when they take their last breath and are standing before God!
I love you and care about you so much. I realize that I might as well be
talking to a brick wall today. The fact is most people, even Christians,
could care less. Some days I think I should just shut off all of the
servers, take my Bible, and go lay out on the beach and enjoy the few days
left before God's judgment falls on this nation. However, I wake up each day
and my commitment to Christ forces me to come to my office and do everything
I can that day to warn the people, bring the hope of Christ to the hurting,
and tell the lost that without Jesus they will perish for all eternity. I am
a bondservant to the Lord Jesus Christ and I have no choice but to serve
Him. It is what I have given my life to do.
All I can do today is to pray for each person reading these words today.
Pray that the Lord will move on your heart to no longer sit back and simply
accept the way this world blasphemes our Lord and mocks our faith. Speak up.
Quit sitting back in silence. If the world is so bold to speak up and slam
our faith, we should be that much bolder in defending our faith. WE ARE
RIGHT! WE HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF! WE HAVE THE TRUTH ON OUR SIDE!
May the Lord give you this day a spirit of boldness as you take your stand
for Him and share His Truth with those you meet each day. It is blasphemy to
reduce Jesus to a cartoon character to be laughed at and ridiculed. It is no
different than what the Roman guards did to Jesus before they crucified Him!
HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. HE IS THE LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,