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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 15:28:19 -0500
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: Fidelity

Bush Hates...?
by Mike Benson

Hurricane Katrina had ripped a devastating swath
through the Southeastern US. Hundreds of thousands
of American citizens were desperate for any kind
of relief. In an effort to aid the hurting masses,
media spokesmen appeared on national television
urging us to give. This was a time for compassion
in a very concrete way.

In one "live" endeavor, Mike Meyers and Kanye West
appeared together hoping to prompt us to
generosity. But instead of pleading for our
financial assistance, Mr. West took a "pot shot"
at our President. "Bush hates blacks," he
proclaimed. From his perspective, the President's
slow response demonstrated his distaste, yea even
his hatred, for suffering black Americans in
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

I have a few questions. Why is Mr. Bush's alleged
hatred for blacks morally reprehensible, but Mr.
West's obvious hatred for the President morally
acceptable? How is one man's hatred wrong, while
another man's hatred is right? If it's wrong to
hate any class or group of people, how can it be
right to hate an individual? Talk about "the pot
calling the kettle black."

Remember King David? The prophet Nathan came to
the palace for not only a visit, but a report (2
Samuel 12:1ff). Evidently, a poor shepherd owned a
singular lamb (v. 3). The lamb wasn't a part of a
larger flock, it was the family pet. A wealthy
neighbor, who owned countless sheep, stole the
poor man's pet and served it up as supper to a
guest (v. 4). When David heard what had happened,
he was incensed (v. 5)! The mighty king vowed to
use the full power of his throne to punish the
evildoer (vv. 5-6). But alas, it was David himself
who was the wealthy man (v. 7). He had stolen his
"neighbor's" wife, committed adultery with her,
then murdered her innocent husband when it looked
like his own heinous sin might be exposed.

Mark it down. When a man goes overboard to object
to somebody else's moral failure, he's probably
guilty of the same — or worse, himself.

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