Let me start by saying that I like Neal Boortz ok. Obviously a well educated person that does his homework and stays up to date on all the current events, especially in regards to all things political. I don’t always agree with his political views but at the very least, he always makes me think. I don’t get the opportunity to listen to him very often but I generally enjoy the conversations that he engages in.
The other day I happened to be in my friends car and had the opportunity to listen to his show – this was Monday. I just happened to come in as he was taking a call from a listener who was taking issue with Neal’s view on Christians being stupid. Neal carried on as only he can do, explaining that everyone has the freedom to choose what they believe but that anybody who could believe that God somehow created the earth in 6 days and that the earth was only 6,000 years old were simply stupid and basically irrational people.
I was astonished at what I was hearing and couldn’t believe that he would be willing to make such a blanket statement about people who believe in creation rather than some cosmic explosion that just happened to somehow create life. I found myself wanting to call and debate the issue with Neal. He then went on to ask the caller how he could believe in God and if he did, why didn’t he ask God to explain why he sent all the tornadoes to kill all the people and destroy homes and lives. I found myself getting angry and trying to figure out how Neal would be so incredulous in blaming God for all of this.
The caller was trying to explain his position but Neal would not let him and basically repeated how it was a simple matter that anyone who believed in God was simply stupid. And instead of continuing to get angry, I found myself just beginning to feel sad and heart broken for Neal. Then a realization hit me and that is that Neal is not the only one who feels this way – he just happens to have a platform where he can voice his opinion 5 days a week.
The question I asked myself is how/what could we as Christians, do to get people to understand God’s love, grace and mercy that he extends to all people. Why did God allow all of the storms that have taken place this week? I have no idea and can’t even begin to understand all of the pain and suffering that is being experienced by all of those affected this week. I do know that the Bible is very clear in letting us know that as believers we are not immune to having terrible things happen to us. In Matthew 5:45 – 45(A) so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and(B) sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Ultimately, it is not in my power to change Neal’s viewpoint as that can only be done by God. But I do have a responsibility to proclaim God’s message whenever I have the opportunity and to do my best to lead a life in which others can see Christ through my words and actions. Do I fall short of that at times? You bet, more than I like to admit but I am trying. God’s desire is to have a personal relationship with everyone but that choice resides with each individual to decide. And to be clear, unfortunately we all live in a sinful world and as such there will be things that take place in our lives that are hard to understand or comprehend. But as Christians, there is a hope and belief that we will be restored unto God through his Son, Jesus. That is the essence of our faith.
So for Neal or anyone else out there that wants to call me stupid, well, go for it – I will stupidly continue to put my faith in God.
Peace and thanks for reading.