(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.