We conservatives spend a lot of time – on this website and elsewhere – fighting for freedom and limited government. We do so because we believe ourselves to be right –confident that if government will simply get out of the way, free men will prosper. We therefore will not sit idly by while the world succumbs to tyranny and statism, and instead, we will do our absolute best to speak truth to those who will listen and to offer solutions to the problems we face based on these simple principles.
Similarly, those of us who are Christian believe that we know the truth – confident that in turning over our lives to Christ, we shall receive eternal salvation and regeneration through the Holy Spirit. Christians therefore are not to sit idly by while the world succumbs to sin, false idols and reliance on self over faith in God, and instead, actually are called to do our absolute best to speak the truth to those who will listen and to share the good news of salvation and His redemptive power to the worldly problems we face for those who will believe and repent.
And so it goes with Brit Hume.
After a long, distinguished career in journalism, Mr. Hume now offers his opinions on a variety of matters on Fox News. Brit Hume is, by all accounts, conservative. Hume also is a Christian. So it should come as no great surprise, per the above truths, that this past Sunday, Mr. Hume offered his view that Tiger Woods could find redemption through the Christian faith after his meteoric collapse in the wake of infidelity and poor decision-making.
I say “Amen.” Others may not agree. So be it.
But what is completely asinine is the wailing and gnashing of teeth among the secularists, elitists and the statists that Mr. Hume’s commentary was even said in the first place. Somehow it is supposedly inappropriate to mention one’s Christian faith on a Sunday (somewhat ironic) talk show, so much so in the eyes of some in the beltway and coastal elite that Mr. Hume should apologize.
Complete and total nonsense.
Most people in America wouldn’t think twice about what Mr. Hume said and would endorse his commentary, even some who are not Christian (indeed, Mark Levin, who is Jewish, defended Mr. Hume on his show yesterday).
Setting aside the obvious point – that this is an unelected man who is on a private cable news network offering his opinion – the reaction to his simple commentary seems to highlight an increasingly misguided notion of the relationship between religion and public life.
We in this country have so corrupted the First Amendment to inflate this overblown and misstated notion of “separation of church and state” that we risk instilling in future American generations the idea that God should be separated from the living of our lives. Yet, this stands in stark contrast from our nation’s founding – at which time those great patriots purposefully and clearly included God repeatedly in speeches, public statements and in the Declaration of Independence itself.
“Endowed by our Creator,” “inalienable rights,” and “With a firm reliance on Divine Providence…” These were not passing comments. These were operative phrases in our nation’s most important founding document – in which we set the stage for the freest, greatest, most generous nation the world has ever known.
We live for purposes far higher than the success or failure of this nation. But our nation is made that much greater because we do – and Brit Hume should be applauded, not derided, for making such an important statement.
I realize that this blog is not a theological one. So the purpose of this post is not to convince anyone of the veracity of that which Mr. Hume propounded.
However, it is important to point out that those of us who believe recognize that what is happening to Mr. Hume is not only not surprising, it was predicted to us by Christ:
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: “No servant is greater than his master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
– John 15:18-20 (NIV)