Help! I’m In The Scope of the New York Times!

23 02 2008

The brouhaha over the New York Time’s efforts to create a story where details are, at best, sketchy in regards to John McCain is nothing new.  Such politician vs. press wranglings are as old as time.  The only real loser is the American public because we are forever blinded by the fog of bias, perception and interpretation.

If the Times had been around in the Old Testament times of David and his ascension to the throne, I can’t help but wonder if he too would be in the scopes of the old gray lady.  After all, Saul represented self determination and spiritual liberalism; it was David who was the conniving upstart, right?  Perhaps there would be a story relating to David’s brutal slaughter of innocent lions who were only trying to survive by attacking the boy wunderkind’s flock.  We can never forget that David was nothing more than a warlord who led the Israelites onto the battlefield based on a lie (there were no weapons of mass destruction found on Samson’s person after his sling slung slaughter)!  And certainly there could be no end to the salacious editorial articulations in regards to the infamous Bathsheba incident. 

How the Times vs. McCain incident will play out remains to be seen.  Regardless, it is merely the playing out of a timeless truth.  Our lives are open to the scrutiny of any and all on-lookers, and there are no rules or promises of fairness in this game. 

Christ called His followers to obedience – but it wasn’t a restrictive or manipulative obedience.  Following Christ involves the sacrifice of self for the restoration of others.  Following Christ involves laying down self-will for a healthier way of living.  Remarkably, true obedience is a very liberating and fulfilling thing.  It also serves to better represent Jesus in the eyes of an onlooking public.  How have Christians fared in this regard?  I would submit that there have been far more failures than successes.  We are fodder for the scorn of the World Times thanks to our reticence to allow God to do what He does best:  transform, renew and restore.  As I read the blogs of those who place scorn on what they perceive to be Christianity, I’ll admit that theirs is often a fair assessment. 

None of us will be perfect, but we can be more than forgiven.  Wesley rightly pointed out that grace is more than an act of forgiveness and mercy, it is an empowering force that allows us to live grace-filled lives.  The mere fact that so many of us embrace a cheap grace that extends only so far as self redemption has placed us squarely in the cross-hairs of detractors.  Right where we belong.

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