Why Christians Won’t Kill Kathy Griffin

(This is posted in contrast to the previous post)

In her acceptance speech for an Emmy award Saturday night, comedian Kathy Griffin said the following (censored) remarks:

“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.”

Then she went on to say:

“Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now.”

She was probably just trying to be funny, but who doubts that she made those remarks without an ounce of concern for Christians who might be offended by them? Because those remarks DO offend and insult Christians, simply because they insult the honor of Jesus Christ.

I wonder if they offend Muslims too. I wonder if they offend Extreme Muslims – the kind who are now offering a $100,000 reward for the murder of the Danish cartoonist that depicted Mohammed in a way they deemed insulting. Something tells me that they won’t even blink an eye – even though they consider Jesus to be one of their prophets.

This is one example that shows the vast difference between the attitude of extreme Muslims and that of Christians. Extreme Muslims react with anger that gives way to murderous intentions. Christians are called to love and forgive – just like Christ Himself did when He was insulted and murdered.

This is also an example of the vast difference between those who claim to be tolerant people in our culture and those who really are. Sure, Christians will be angry and offended, no doubt, but Kathy Griffin won’t have to fear for her life like she would if she’d said that about Mohammed. She’s taking advantage of the grace that Christians will afford her, the forgiveness they will have toward her, and the spirit of tolerance they will have toward her. Too bad she didn’t have any of that grace or tolerance toward Christians or the Savior they love.

You don’t have to like Christians or even agree with them, in fact you may outright hate them, but you don’t have to worry about being assassinated for slandering Jesus. And while we may stand up for His honor and defend Him verbally, we know that in the final day, He will defend Himself far better than we could ever do. So we know that it is not our place to carry out final justice against such people. It’s His. He’s big enough and powerful enough and wise enough to right all wrongs. We believe that when it’s all said and done, the Judge of all the earth will do right.

While I may be speaking for many Christians in what I say here, I can only hope that Christians will indeed display the grace of God in such a way that even people like Kathy Griffin see it and realize how needy they are of the same Jesus they have scorned – just like the rest of us.

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19 Responses to Why Christians Won’t Kill Kathy Griffin

  1. Tim Kurek says:

    Kathy Griffin is funny… But Heres the thing. God can and will take care of Himself. He doesn’t need us at all to fight for Him. We need to focus on the lost and worry about God’s command. James 1:27.

    http://uriahministries.wordpress.com

    tim kurek

  2. Scott W. Kay says:

    Sounds like what I said. : )

  3. salahudin says:

    actually… her remarks probably offend muslims more than christians… if you know your islamic theology. 🙂

  4. Scott W. Kay says:

    Salahudin,

    No, I don’t agree with that at all – regardless of Muslim theology. Muslims do not think more highly of Christ than Christians, and therefore cannot be more offended than we are. We believe he is God’s Son, that’s Christian theology. If what you say is true, then I will expect the extremists and the protesters to react to her the way they did the cartoonist. But I haven’t seen or heard of any of that yet, and frankly, I’m not holding my breath. Reason: Muslims aren’t as offended as Christians when Christ is slandered. There’s not as much at stake in Jesus Christ for a Muslim as there is for a Christian.

  5. salahudin says:

    “Muslims do not think more highly of Christ than Christians, and therefore cannot be more offended than we are. ”

    you’re right when you say christians think more highly of christ… claiming him as the son of god, whereas muslims call him merely a messenger of god…

    however, the latter part of your statement is incorrect! muslims CAN be offended WAY more than christians over anything blasphemous directed at their religion! 😛 cathy’s remarks can be interpreted that way…

    “If what you say is true, then I will expect the extremists and the protesters to react to her the way they did the cartoonist.”

    the news won’t reach them. muslims don’t really watch american award programs much.

    plus, when she said she doesn’t owe christ anything, muslims will agree because they believe she owes everything to god, who to them, is not christ.

    but i know of many muslims who were more offended at the following than christians, even though it’s making fun of christ:

    http://towelianism.wordpress.com/2007/04/16/signs-of-the-divine-in-our-lives/

  6. Scott W. Kay says:

    Salahudin,

    “muslims CAN be offended WAY more than christians over anything blasphemous directed at their religion’

    That’s simply a statement of opinion that cannot be clearly demonstrated. Some Muslims may react more violently, but that doesn’t necessarily prove that they are capable of feeling deeper offense than Chritsians. We’re called to deal with offenses with love and forgiveness, not violence, so please don’t take our efforts to show grace toward offenders such as Griffin as a sign of feeling less offended than you. It’s simply an exercise in self-restraint and a display of deep confidence in the sovereignty of God to execute final justice. We believe that’s His job, not ours.

    Besides, if Griffin’s comments really are so much more offensive to Muslims than to Christians, then why won’t the news reach them around the world? The news of the cartoons did. They offended Muslims enough to garner a severe reaction around the world, but Griffin’s certainly won’t. The cartoons were much less public in the beginning than Griffin’s remarks have been. So I’m not buying it that Muslims are more offended at it than Christians.

    Oh, and she said the award was now her god. So, honestly, I am glad that you and I DO SHARE some degree of offense over her remarks (and those images at that link you gave).

  7. dwacon says:

    Remember when the movie about Mohammed was released? A terrorist kidnapping followed.

    Remember when the Last Temptation of Christ was released? Nothing followed.

    Nuff said.

  8. wordforit says:

    Well said, Scott! It grieves me to hear and see what comes out! Please pray for me to continue to take a stand, take up my cross, and follow Him! Is it, “the harevst is plenty but the workers are few”? God Blees You and Keep You Safe.

  9. Steve says:

    So Kathy Griffin (whoever she may be) has an idol? So do millions of other people.

  10. honikon says:

    Amen Scott, preach it.

  11. Zeus Almighty says:

    That cartoonist was from Denmark, not Sweden.

  12. bohemianprose says:

    Jesus said a couple of things that seem relevant here: one “he must first be rejected by this generation” – this quote spoke of His generation and the one in which He would return are we seeing a further rejection of Christianity??? Overall I believe we are just watch TV for 5 minutes adn the second – all blasphemies agains God and the son of amn will be forgiven – but not agaist the hole spirit… It’s still sad though – even more so i thiink she did it to win the cool points of her peers.

  13. salahudin says:

    “Some Muslims may react more violently, but that doesn’t necessarily prove that they are capable of feeling deeper offense than Chritsians”

    Maybe I phrased it wrong. I was alluding to the fact that Muslims are way more likely than christians to be offended over anything directed against religion… it’s got nothing to do with the “capability” to be offended, it’s got everything to do with narrowmindedness.

    “We’re called to deal with offenses with love and forgiveness, not violence, so please don’t take our efforts to show grace toward offenders such as Griffin as a sign of feeling less offended”

    touche`. Good point there.

    “than you.”

    than ME!? please don’t take my effort to discuss muslims’ behavior with you to mean i’m a muslim… just because i have an arabic name doesn’t mean i am a muslim… stereo types are upsetting.

  14. Scott W. Kay says:

    wordforit and honiken – thanks!

    Zeus – thank you for correcting my blunder, I will fix that in the post.

    bohemianprose – I think you are right, I do believe that Kathy’s remarks are just another in a long line of increasing secularism and rejection of Christianity in the West.

    salahudin – I appreciate you engaging in conversation with me. Please accept my apologies for assuming you were a Muslim. Honestly, I made that assumption more from your comments than your name. Sorry!

  15. salahudin says:

    That’s all good. I was actually criticizing Muslims more than anything else… they’re too emotionally immature for their own good. 😛

  16. Rehan Usmani says:

    and here is one of the traitors which the Quran mentions about….

  17. Scott W. Kay says:

    Rehan,

    Please do not take up your problem with salahudin here (that appears to be to whom you were referring). I have read your exchanges over on the World Affiars blog, and I do not want that kind of thing here. If you have something positive to contribute, then do so, if you only have attacks, then refrain yourself, else you risk making yourself out to fulfill the stereotypes too many people already have about Muslims. Thank you.

  18. salahudin says:

    He’s in the minority everywhere he goes. Please don’t take him as the representative of Muslims, let alone of Islam. He may disagree and I won’t argue with him on that… i’ll just ask you to go by what the majority of Muslims have to say about his kind of ideology… 🙂

  19. James says:

    Christians are called to LOVE. This Love is spelled out in 1 Corinthians 13. Why debate who loves God more? I love God, I hurt God with some of my actions (in-actions). I’m sure there are Muslims that truly love my Lord more than I. That doesn’t bother me, much less to see someone write it.
    The point is Kathy Griffin is lost in the darkness. Look at her spirit. She doesn’t have the love of our Father to comfort her. So she dis-respected Jesus. We are not a “gang” that goes out and takes “vengeance” on someone if they “dis-respect” us. We love them as our Father loves us. Pray for Kathy. She is the one that called out and needs help.
    Have you ever noticed that “kids” do NEGATIVE things to get the parents attention?
    (I have never submitted before so I apologize up-front for anything offensive.)

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