Daily Devotional for Wednesday August 20, 2008
What Comic Kathy Griffin Said to Jesus
(2 Chronicles 36:16; Isaiah 30:9; Hosea 4:6; Mark 7:9)
What comic Kathy Griffin said to Jesus! I have to give this filthy mouthed atheist comic credit for at least being honest enough to say what most in the entertainment world think and feel but would never actually say. Upon receiving the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program for her show "My Life on the D-List" several months ago, Griffin said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." Holding up her statuette, Griffin topped off her off-script speech by saying, "Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now."
Even if you have never heard of Kathy Griffin, the fact is she is a very high-profile member of the entertainment community. She is not some obscure, unknown person, but has an Emmy award winning television program. To simply dismiss her as another God-hating member of the Hollywood community is too easy. Let me start with a big picture observation, one that I have been sharing with you for over 8 years now. We live in a world where the majority of the people reject the God of the Bible, thoroughly reject Biblical Truth, and live their lives without Christ in their hearts. The Bible calls us a "peculiar people," and to most of the world we are extremely peculiar and in many cases hated. They hate us because we remind them of their sin. They have made the conscious choice to live their lives apart from Christ and in rebellion to the Truth of His Word, and those who embrace the Lord and His Truth are seen as the enemy.
Those who choose to live in rebellion to God and His Word are always on the offensive, marketing their rebellion to the masses, finding great comfort and strength in others who have also chosen to live their lives in rebellion to God. They are loud, bold, aggressive, and use all of the modern tools of communication to reach the masses 24/7 with their lies. Because we have the better percentage of two full generations out there who have never been to church, have no foundation of Biblical faith in their life, the lost masses have become easy prey for these tools of satan who propagate a lifestyle of rebellion to God, rejecting Christ's love and the Absolute Truth of the Bible.
As I have shared with you often in the past, the very first thing those who choose to live a life of rebellion MUST do, is minimize and try to discredit God's Word. You see the Bible is God's inspired, inerrant Word, representing Absolute Truth, and is our final authority in all matters. It is the very book that condemns them! That is why you will always hear those who have chosen to live in rebellion to God endlessly mocking and trying to castigate the Bible. The fact is, the Bible was written by God Himself, through the pens of men who were operating under His Divine inspiration. It is 100% accurate in ALL matters of life. Those who deny it will always attack it, but in the end, God's Word will still be standing.
The biggest problem we have in our world today is not those who choose to live in rebellion to God and His Word, it is those who know Christ as their Savior! While the haters of God without shame stand in the public square declaring their false beliefs, we, the people who know the Lord have chosen to hide behind the four walls of our churches and in the comfortable Christian subculture we have created to separate and isolate ourselves from the non-believing world. Excuse me, but I must have missed something in the Bible. God never said to isolate yourself from the world, but to be the "salt and light" of the world. How can you be a light to the world when you are hiding your light under a bushel?
The reason the enemies of God have such a loud voice in the world is because they are speaking for the most part unopposed! Nobody is standing next to them declaring the Truth of God and exposing them for the liars they are. Over and over I have told you that what this really boils down to is a battle for the souls of men. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy, while Jesus came to give life and life more abundantly. Sadly those who serve satan are more passionate about serving him, than those who serve the Lord are about serving Him!
My friend, it is time for every man, woman, and child who knows Jesus Christ in the pardon of their sins to start taking a stand for righteousness and not allow the spokesmen of satan to go unopposed. Don't be fooled. They are NOT nice people, they are NOT your friends, they are NOT your buddies, they are deadly serious in taking as many people to hell with them as they can. They use shrill rhetoric in an attempt to silence those who believe the Bible. Being full of hate means you don't agree with them. Being intolerant means you don't accept their choices. Also, God is a God of love, but He is also a God of JUDGMENT and won't be mocked! Those who oppose Christ are experts at trying to demonize people of Faith by trying to bully them into being silent so that they can share their false message unopposed. Sadly, for the most part it works.
People of Faith don't have the stomach to stand up to these bullies and usually back down, leaving them to propagate their lies to the masses unopposed. I have told you so often, the only way God doesn't win is when you don't put Him in the game. All of the abusive language, the name-calling, the mocking, can't put one dent in the Truth, doesn't mean for a second God doesn't exist, and never changes the fact that each person will die one day and at that moment the only thing that will matter is do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior!
I love you and care about you so much. There are masses of hurting people, dying and going to hell every day and we have got to reach them. The agents of satan are bold and relentless in bringing their lies to people and putting them into bondage that will end up destroying their lives and leading them to the depths of hell. That is why I am so dedicated and passionate about reaching those same masses each day with God's Truth and the hope and love of Christ.
Pray for Kathy Griffin. Pray for her soul. She is so blinded by her sin and rejection of God, Jesus, and the Bible, she really doesn't know what she is saying. I can only think back on my life when I was not walking with the Lord and some of the things I said. Possibly you can as well. I'm not sure if I ever directly said what Kathy Griffin did, but the reality is, whenever we are living in rebellion to the Lord, we are in essence telling him to "suck it" as Griffin did. Pray that she will come to a place in her life where her heart will be softened, and she will be open to the Lord's love for her and accept Jesus as her Savior.
My word to you today is to BE BOLD. God will give you boldness, He will give you courage. Why should the servants of satan be so bold with a lie, and we who posses the Absolute Truth of God's Word so passive with that Truth? Remember, it is not YOU they are rejecting, it is Christ. So fear not, when it comes to those in your family, those you go to school with, those you work with, those you meet in the course of your life who have chosen to deny the Truth and reject Christ.
Stand up to them with the Word of God, knowing that in the end His Truth will still be standing. Also, God never told you to hide your light, but to let your light shine. God puts people in your life every day who are hurting, lost, and needing His love. Don't neglect the opportunity to share that love with them as God gives you the opportunity. The fact is the world is sharing its lies with them 24/7, you may be the only person they come across that day who will give them the words of life!
Now more than ever the men and women of God have got to stand up and be heard. If those who serve satan can do it, why can't we? Now you know why I am so driven about taking the Liveprayer TV program to the entire nation, about reaching millions more each day through the Internet. The lost masses are out there, looking for answers. Satan is out there 24/7 giving them answers that will lead them to eternal damnation. It is our job as those who know the Lord, know His Truth, to bring those masses the ONLY answer there is . . . Jesus Christ!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller