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Thoughts on ‘Blasphemy Day’

October 10, 2009

There have always been people with childhood religious issues, except nowadays they launch a website and sponsor fake days with hokey names in order to create “awareness.” Please, spare us your insight.

Here’s something else to think about. If speaking ill of our good God demonstrates that we truly have free speech in America, which his website says is Lindsay’s major concern, then why limit our vulgar, unenlightened speech to insulting only God? Why not ridicule each other, too? Why shouldn’t Lindsay also promote “Racist Day” or “Sexist Day”? Or how about “Pedophile Day”? Wouldn’t our speech be really free then? That way we could insult human beings made in God’s image. No, Lindsay is far too politically correct for that. For some reason, it’s only God who deserves to be mocked and derided.

We live in a culture that presupposes a blind, deaf and impotent God. Even if he is aware of today’s latest new and trendy blasphemy, he is powerless to do anything about it. That’s what we lull ourselves into thinking.


It is true that the authorities accused the Lord Jesus of blasphemy. As far as they were concerned, the truth Jesus spoke about himself was blasphemy. The apostle Paul also called himself a former blasphemer. So, perhaps, that means there’s hope for someone like Ronald Lindsay. But blasphemy remains a dangerous and foolhardy risk for all who would pretend that God isn’t listening. He is. And the God who hears also remembers. The Lord of all life has said: “Do not be deceived. God will not be mocked; for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”


Light on the Corner Church in Montrose


The first thing I wanted to say when I heard of Blasphemy Day was, “Oh, come on!”

I guess I believe the effort is another silly endeavor by somebody wanting to get his 15 minutes of fame by shocking people. Still, the idea is not unheard of in the Judeo-Christian Tradition. The book of Job comes quite close to the blasphemy issue when Job, a righteous man who is suffering, demands to confront God to ask him why. His wife even tells him to curse God and die.

The concept of blasphemy has to do with saying “bad” words or “bad” things.

While the saying of something may be offensive, what’s worse is the doing or not doing of something that should be done. Both Judaism and Jesus (and Islam, too, for that matter) emphasize what we do or don’t do.

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