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One of news stories of the past week was about a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask as part of his gig. Considering the rich history of political satire that has always been a part of American culture, one would think this was not such a big deal. For three nights, the crowds cheered and life was set to continue on. But then Perry Beam posted his embarrassment on Facebook about how bull-chasing in effigy made Americans look bad to his Taiwanese exchange student, and someone gave him a microphone. Suddenly, what is essentially a free speech and political satire issue became falsely charged as RACIST! Resignations ensued, the clown has been banned from the venue for life, the Lt. Governor got air time, and the bull hit the mainstream media’s fans.
There is silence from the normally glib White House. Coupled with last year’s “Trayvon could have been my son,” rhetoric, it is now clear to anyone with half a brain that Obama relishes it when people use race as a distraction. Exploiting his ethnicity is one of the few things he does well. Whereas a leader of good character would have wanted to discard the race card as quickly as possible, Obama has chosen to leave it in play. And THAT is how all this relates back to Benghazi.
If Benghazi is a phony scandal, as proved by no one being fired; if Fast and Furious was a phony scandal, as proved by AG Holder retaining his job; if the IRS targeting was a tiny incident contained in Cincinnati, as proved by Lois Learner’s continued collection of pay while on administrative leave; if the deaths of SEAL Team 6 and others is not a scandal, as proved by no reprimand when Biden painted a target on them; then surely the rodeo incident is a REAL SCANDAL because people are losing jobs. That is how the logic works. Isn’t it? At least that is how the racism exploiter Obama rationalized it.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of the rodeo clown’s eye. (Paraphrased from Matthew 7:5)
It is the real scandals the President dismisses as phony, not racism, that are the reasons the crowd cheered. The cure is not to restrict the First Amendment Right to Free Speech. The cure is to stop doing scandalous things.

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“You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”
Luke 16:15

[[[ Continuing the series on Judgment in the New Testament ]]]

The first portion of this scripture has been adequately taught in nearly every church that I have attended. Most people “get” that men often deceive other men, but God looks on the heart and cannot be fooled. Many people who are filled with deceitfulness, hypocrisy, covetousness, and cruelty have been praised and rewarded for their appearance of being a fine upstanding citizen.

The part that they don’t often tell you in Sunday school is “that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”

Others have run opinion polls on what the worst behaviors are. Typically the answers run along the lines of murder, rape, child abuse, alcoholism, prostitution, and an assortment of terror inducing actions lumped under the label gang activity.

Of these, the only one that makes God’s list of worst of the worst is murder. Even with murder, it is not the killing so much as it is the injustice of destroying a blameless human spirit.

A search of the scriptures for a list of things that are most abominable to God will include blaspheming the Holy Spirit, failure to acknowledge God, hypocrisy, contemptuous pride (haughty eyes in KJV), a lying tongue, destruction of innocence, a heart that plots evil, feet that run rapidly to evil, giving false testimony, and causing strife in the middle of family.

(Okay, that isn’t perfectly parallel construction, but you get the points. Changing it could alter the shade of meaning in some cases.)

These are the things God’s judgment will fall on with the greatest vengeance.

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