Whenever truth intersects with error, the inevitable occurs. Truthfully, no one likes being told they are wrong. Our fleshly fallen natures, saturated in prideful rebellion against God push back against that which tramples on their home turf.
Mild-mannered Mitt Romney recently tripped over the balance of his self-control, expressing through Twitter, religious and moral outrage in the direction of Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas. Much to Mitt’s dismay, Pastor Jeffress was invited to the opening ceremony to offer a benediction.
Pulling no punches, Mitt gnashed his teeth and typed away:
His words drip with anger. Why?
The same question could be asked of a young deacon by the name of Stephen who drew sufficient ire from the crowd that after they blew steam out of their ears and through their clenched teeth took up stones and stoned the young man to death.
I guess you could say that Stephen, even as the first stone lacerated his forehead, was a bigot. For he spoke light into darkness and they hated him for it.
Oh yes, and what about Jesus, who would dare to say that “you must be born again”, who overturned tables and chased the money changers out of the temple with a whip, and continually challenged the religious Pharisees at one point saying that they were full of “dead men’s bones.”
Bigoted language, all of it, wouldn’t you agree, Mitt?
For the Bible clearly states that in that day many will come saying Lord, Lord, and we remember what happens to them, right? The Lord tells them to go away, “I never knew you.”
Regardless of how pretty picture you paint, you can’t change the truth. The tenants of Islam and the doctrines of Mormonism will bring their followers nothing but eternal despair and suffering. And as for the Jews, there is coming a day when the Spirit will be poured out on Israel and their eyes will be open and they will see him whom they have pierced and embrace the Lord as their Messiah. But until that day, each Jew, relying upon their genetics, their birthright or their religion for their salvation will never see the kingdom of God and will end up with every Muslim and Mormon who does the same. And in that place, there will be a whole lot of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. An eternity’s worth.
But what do I know? I’m just a bigot too.