Daily Devotional for Thursday February 21, 2013
Why Does SNL Mock and Demean Jesus but Not Mohammed
(Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:62-63; Psalms 22:6-8; Matthew 27:39-40)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, my husband is considering purchasing one of those buckets of prepared food to be ready incase of tornadoes, or other type of disaster. Would you consider that wisdom in being prepared or lack of faith in God to take care of us in all situations? Thanks for your insightt.
ANSWER: The Bible clearly teaches us to be prepared. That is primarily speaking of spiritually prepared, however, it is simple common sense to have basic needs like food in case any sort of natural disaster arises. It is not a lack of faith, but an abundance of basic common sense.
Last Saturday on NBC's Saturday Night Live, they had a skit of Jesus as some sort of "Django" character with a machine gun killing Romans. Of course, this was nothing but a sick piece of propoganda by those who want to infringe on the 2nd Amendment. I found this mockery and blasphemy disgusting, but wasn't shocked.
I have only one question for the producers of SNL, when are you going to mock and demean Mohammed??? The fact is, Jesus killed no one during his 33 yrs on earth, quite the opposite, He gave His life to SAVE mankind! Mohammed on the other hand is clearly documented to be a man of war, who DID kill people in his life, and the false religion he created has been about nothing more than terror and death over its' 1400 history!!!
Of course SNL nor ANY program would dare to offend Muslims in any way. You will never see a program called, "Good Muslim Bitches," even though ABC recently produced a series called, "Good Christian Bitches!" If they ever dared to mock and demean Mohammed in any way, CAIR and other Muslim activist groups would be screaming bloody murder, and Muslims would rise up around the world and do what they do best...kill innocent people because they were offended!
Let there be no mistake, mocking Jesus is not a new phenomenon. What is new is the bold and fearless public attacks on our Lord throughout the world today. I have told you often that the United States is no longer a Christian nation. A classic example of that fact is the way those who hate Jesus publicly mock Him. Just 10 years ago, SNL would have NEVER had the audacity to depict Jesus the way they did. I have done many Devotionals over these past 13 years on the boldness of satan versus the timidity of Christians. Do you believe me now?
The natural question of course is what do we do about it? First, you can't blame those who put out these disgusting and blasphemous representations of Jesus. Oh, don't get me wrong, God WILL hold them accountable, but these are people who have clearly rejected God, His Truth, and Jesus, so what do you expect? They have given themselves over as instruments of unrighteousness so they are actually only doing what comes naturally to them. How can you really blame those who hate and reject the Lord from expressing that rejection and hatred? Hear me carefully. They are not the problem, WE ARE THE PROBLEM!
Maybe now you can understand why I hammer relentlessly on how Christians have abandoned the marketplace for the comfort, safety, and oh yes, the profitability of this Christian subculture we have created for ourselves. In reality, we are in rebellion to God since the Bible doesn't say separate yourselves from the world, it actually COMMANDS us to do the exact opposite!
What we are seeing with the open and public mocking of Jesus is one of the results of our abandoning the culture of our day and leaving it to the devil. He operates virtually without any opposition so why are we surprised that he has taken his hatred and scorn for Jesus to the extremes we witness today? Let me warn you my friend, it is only going to get worse!
The answer to this blaspheming of our Lord is to get back into the marketplace and start taking a stand for Christ. Each follower of the Lord can do their part each day where you live, where you go to school or work, where you shop, in the recreational activities you are involved in, and with the people God brings across your path. You take your stand by living a Godly and holy life. You take your stand by not being afraid to speak up for our Lord when you are around people who are speaking against Him. You take your stand by finding ways to serve Him You can't stop the mockers, but you can make sure their message of hatred for our Lord does not go unchallenged!!!
I love you and care about you so much. For anyone who loves Jesus, it has to break your heart to see how our Lord and Savior is portrayed by those who hate Him. I have no doubt Jesus is looking down and saying "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." The reality is, those who created this blasphemous skit will die one day. At that moment they will be standing before God their Creator to be judged. If they die rejecting the Lord, the Bible says they will be cast into everlasting darkness.
I believe the last thing they will see, the picture that will be with them as they suffer for all eternity, will be that of King Jesus, the One they openly mocked and scorned!!! Pray for these lost souls. Without the Lord in their heart, they have allowed their lives to be used as agents of satan. Don't forget that there was a man named Saul of Tarsus who persecuted the early church, killed Christians, yet that same Saul was visited by Jesus one day and his life gloriously transformed. He became Paul and went on to live one of the greatest Christian lives ever documented.
I pray that this will be a wake-up call for all Believers today. A wake-up call that we have got to get back into the marketplace where we live each day and boldly, without shame or compromise proclaim our faith in Christ. If this doesn't motivate you, nothing will. For too long, we have been intimidated into keeping our mouths shut while those who live in rebellion to God speak loud and bold without fear or conscience to promote their ungodly lives and choices.
Maybe this will give you some insight into my drive and passion for what we do each day here at Liveprayer. Our number one goal is to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Getting people saved is the ultimate answer. In addition to proclaiming the Gospel to the lost and bringing the hope of Christ to the hurting, I am here to bring Biblical Truth back into the marketplace. I can't stop programs like this from being made, but I can go out into that VERY SAME marketplace and reach those VERY SAME people with the fact that their only hope and their only answer is faith in Jesus Christ!
Those who hate our Lord are bold and courageous in taking their message of hate to the masses. I challenge you today that if you love Jesus, you should be even bolder and more courageous in taking the message of His love to those same masses! While the world mocks our Lord, we have got to praise Him!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,