Sunday, May 22, 2005

Honor All Men (Response to BEst/Worst Legislator)

By Debbie Pelley (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

Honor All Men
Response to the Gazette ediorial

Honor all men. As I read the Arkansas Democrat Gazette biannual editorial on the worst legislators, this verse came to my mind. You probably don't have to guess where this simple yet frightening, awesome, and convicting statement is found. I recall it, I am sure, because I was so convicted by this command a number of years ago when I struggled with the conviction it brought to my own life. As I wrestled over the idea of honoring men who oppose everything I live and believe in, I came to realize I can honor the fact that every man is created and loved by God and treat that person the way God does or the way Christ did on earth. It is, however, not an easy task, and one with which I struggle daily, but well worth the struggle to rise as close as possible to attain it.

Even those who are secularist humanists and don't believe in the Bible, are exemplifying (but most often only in words) this "honor all men" command. Isn't this what tolerance and diversity is all about? But unfortunately actions don't match words, and the so called tolerant are extremely intolerant of Christians and conservatives who hold on to other commands given in the Word. Secular humanists claim to be free of bias and yet their bias toward the extreme right permeates every action and statement they make. Even Saddaam Hussein is not treated with such disdain. The writers of this editorial would not have dared pick out an African American and ridiculed and abused him/her like they do the conservatives or a few others they scorn and mock like superintendents of small schools.

There is one major difference in the secularist teaching to "honor all men" and the Bible's. The secularist teaches to respect and accept everyone's values and behavior -which is really impossible because people's values are diametrically opposite. The Bible says to honor the man but not his belief system nor his behavior. One could not be a Christian (a follower of Christ) and accept everyone's values because the Bible is very specific in numerous areas about what specific behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable. Further, to respect a behavior causes one to accept it and become like it.

I don't see any and have not heard any, and I mean any, of those people called bigots, demagogues, racists, or extremist, by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette practicing any of this sarcastic, hateful language toward those to whom they are supposed to be biased like this editorial does.

On the other hand, I see these so called racists befriending and loving and caring about the other races. John Brummet recently wrote an article about the "extreme right" couple who went to Kenya and spent six months and adopted two children; Bob Hester, state director of the Arkansas American Family Association has acted as foster parent to two young African American boys keeping them in his home for month after month. Joey McCutchen, whose family has been called white supremicist, spends many hours a week mentoring and coaching young, minority kids. He has an African American young man who currently works for him and whom he has taken under his wings as he has done with other disadvantaged youth over the years. An African American single parent said Senator Jim Holt's family had baby sat her children in times of need in their home and has befriended other Hispanic people. Are any of these writers of this editorial or legislators who are calling conservatives racists exhibiting this type of deeds? I would like to hear about it if they are.

Further, Jason who was Senator Holt's Campaign manager's wife is foreign born is married to a foreign born and in the process of getting her naturalization papers. Iris Stevens' (my teacher friend, ally, and researcher) daughter's husband is Japanese, and Iris thinks he is the best son-in-law she could possibly have. So where is the racism and bigotry? Our problem is not with the downtrodden, poor, or minorities. The people the conservatives have trouble honoring are those they perceive as being bent on destroying our traditional heritage that has made our country and people great and those who are implementing laws and practices that will further enslave minorities and the hard working Americans - higher taxes being an example..

Honor all men does not mean that you can't hold people accountable for what they do. Jesus did that. He was harsh on many occasions with people, but the motivation of his heart was pure. Jesus called people vipers, white washed sepulchers and other harsh words in regard to their hypocritical behavior, but he didn't make fun of them or ridicule them, and He knew he loved them enough to die for them. He taught that you just don't ridicule them or attack the person personally or have prejudice or bias or bigotry toward a certain group.

In fact, he gave the principle for that in another place in the Word, "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. You might say Jesus is speaking of "heart murder" here. (Raca means showing scorn or contempt for or "empty fellow")

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette does exactly what we are commanded not to do. It ridicules, abuses, mocks, scorns, and derides those who have a conservative bent while praising those with the liberal views. And this is done in a statewide publication to taunt and torture, (yes, torture) them before the entire state. Very little of real substance on issues is discussed in this article on the worst legislators or in and many of the other editorials they write. The legislators, not real substantive issues, are attacked personally.

I think we could all profit, myself included, by meditating on the command, Honor all men. If we did so, we could raise the level of discourse and move toward resolving issues rather than creating hatred and anger. I know it is necessary to connect stands on issues with public names. That is part of the battle. But we don't have to ridicule, taunt, and mock people to do that.

Honor all men I Peter 2:17

Scripture above on anger: Matthew 5:21-22


8:42 AM, May 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Christian, I can't believe the blog I have just read supporting "Joey McCutcheon."

I just can't believe it to the point I don't know what to write. Are you that naive? He's not racist until he lynches someone I guess.

I can't speak for Holt and all the others you mentioned, but you having the audacity to defend this one man is the reason we get these labels by liberals and the media.

7:39 AM, May 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last comment about Joey McCutchen was very harsh. Would that writer give some specifics about Joey McCutchen that concern him/her - like some actual facts, writings or events. Remember there are two McCutchens. Joe McCutchen the Dad, and the son, Joey McCutchen. So please be specific with your facts or events. I note that the e-mail address below the comment is What a joke that this group would make comments like this and say defense of Joey McCutchen causes "these labels by liberals and the media" when the White Supremacits are the ones that are making the rest of the conservatives get the name of racists. Go to that website and see what white revolution really means. Their website is the one Senator Wilkins referred to on the Senate floor where they called Joyce Elliott a "busy little negress" and they have the nerve to call Joey McCutchen a racist.

3:56 PM, May 26, 2005  
Anonymous Drew said...

I am offended, disgusted, and overall just appalled. How can someone claim the cloak of Christ, and advocate that despicable site of Satan....

May God have mercy on your soul!

7:17 PM, May 26, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

As moderator I want to clearly state that we believe in the Bibical Doctrine of the Brotherhood of Man. We explicitly condemn the teachings of organizations like "White".

It is bizzare that a person posting that site would condemn Mrs. Pelley for "defending a racist". As a later poster points out, there is more than one McCutcheon here. Perhaps the critic has them confused.

10:57 PM, May 26, 2005  
Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

The above writer was criticizing White Revolution group not condoning them. The writer pointed out that the people at the white revolution website do use racial slurs and remarks and then they dare criticize sonmeone else for being a racist who never uses racist terms. Evidently the people from White Revolution website and Drew can't understand plain language or either they are trying to smear this blogspot. Can you imiagine that?

12:04 PM, June 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gulp! I can't believe I am going to say this. But I agree with Debbie Pelley. She is right, that post was criticizing

I just wish that Jim Holt had forcibly stepped up the plate and condemned that group when they were saying that awful stuff about Joyce Elliot and Hank Wilkins.

While I strongly disagree with Elliot and Wilkins politics and consider them cultural enemies, they do not deserve the injustice that was heaped on them by those lousy Nazi racists. God created humans in His own image. As people who are created in His image, they need to be treated with respect.

Why didn't Jim Holt publicly condemn those awful people?

2:01 PM, June 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because he's racist too and thinks he can use that to get elected in Arkansas.

7:46 PM, June 03, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Why didn't Asa, Win, or Bebee ever condemn them? Are they racists looking to use that to get elected in Arkansas too?

There was a guy who was anti-semitic in a privtate and unknown way that attached himself to Holt for a while. The guy was not known as a racist, but latter his picture was seen on a website with some racists. If that is all it takes, Clinton has had his picture taken with drug dealers, criminals, and porn kings. Never mind how many people that Clinton just knew that were associated with those kind of people.

It is really absurd to accuse Holt of racism because he knew someone who knew someone who was a racist. If that is the standard, then we are all racists. Holt publicaly distanced himself from the guy anyway.

Is it possible to have a rational discussion on illegal immigration without the open border types accusing you of racism in an attempt to cut off all rational discourse?

11:34 AM, June 06, 2005  

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