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WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
CBS FIRES EMBATTLED RADIO SHOCK-JOCK DON IMUS 'EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY'

Sort of illustrates which side the "Reverends" Al and Jesse are on. The Jesus I serve did not go out of his way to destroy others, no matter what they did.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

posted by Jack Mercer @ 4/12/2007 03:56:00 PM  
21 Comments:
  • At 4/12/2007 06:17:00 PM, Blogger DeadMule said…

    Don Imus isn't destroyed. But there are consequences to one's actions. Imus can change. He isn't dead. He can get another job. But racism must stop. Racism is a sin, not a crime that calls for the death penalty.
    Helen Losse

     
  • At 4/12/2007 07:55:00 PM, Blogger whig said…

    Luke 1:52-53

    52He brought down the mighty from thrones, And He exalted the lowly,

    53The hungry He did fill with good, And the rich He sent away empty,

     
  • At 4/12/2007 07:57:00 PM, Blogger whig said…

    The Jesus you serve is not Jesus, though you call him by the same name. You serve the one who is the prince of lies.

     
  • At 4/13/2007 09:33:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Helen!

    Imus apologized profusely--even abased himself, but that was not good enough for the likes of Sharpton and Jackson. They are about the magnification of self by the destruction of others--they're lives also leave little moral authority for what they do--placing them in the same category of the religious Pharisee. There are many, many blacks who recognize this even though whites are afraid to--or say anything about it.

    If you have a chance, read what the other side of black is saying about the issues. Rev. Peterson along with the likes of Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman are beginning to bring about a positive difference in black communities--an empowering message devoid of the enslaving victim message that Al and Jesse continue to preach:

    http://www.bondinfo.org/media/articles/jlp/jlp.htm

    The mainstream media will only put the faces of Al and Jesse in front of Americans. This is the impression most whites have of blacks. You will never see them praise or give ear to the likes of Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Rev. Peterson, etc. (although they will be quick to demonize them and shut them up!)

    Another interesting post:

    http://blackinformant.com/2007/04/11/savoring-white-meat/

    -Jack

     
  • At 4/13/2007 11:59:00 AM, Blogger DeadMule said…

    Jack, I don't know what to say.

     
  • At 4/13/2007 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    I guess what I'm getting at, Helen, is that if Al and Jesse profess Jesus, then they need to demonstrate the same love and compassion he did.

    Matt 5:44-48 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

    I don't see any of that in what Al and Jesse do.

    I waited until the end of the matter before I made a comment about Imus--wanted to see how it played out. I am once again embarrassed for the black race, its self-endorsed leadership and its behavior over a non-issue.

    -Jack

     
  • At 4/13/2007 02:43:00 PM, Blogger DeadMule said…

    Forgive me, Jack, but you remind me over and over that the tone of this blog is sarcasm. I have a hard time discussing a matter so near to my heart, when I don't know how seriously you are taking this. Everything, including race, is not black and white, but is "What Would Jesus Do?" a joke? If so, it isn't funny. If not, we might want to move this discussion to a non-sarcastic blog. Love, Helen

     
  • At 4/13/2007 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Sorry, Helen--It largely is, but I do make serious comments here too! I used to have a little picture that said, "Sarcasm Alert" on it, I will try to find it and post it when I do. The WWJD reference was in response to how the Reverends Al and Jesse went after, and destroyed, another person. I never saw Jesus do that, even if he disagreed with them.

    I'm serious about that.

    -Jack

     
  • At 4/13/2007 03:08:00 PM, Blogger DeadMule said…

    But WWJD was on the bracelets of Christians teens. I bet Jesse and Al never wore one. I bet you never wore one. And I'm sure I never wore one. No that it's a bad question; it just comes with cutesy baggage.

    Al and Jesse have been fighting racism so long that they sometimes get confused. Jesse Jackson had argued with MLK the day King was killed. Maybe King died before they could get it straightened out. I think Jackson never got over that. He even made up the story about King dying in his arms, not because he wanted to tell a lie, but because he wanted it to be the truth: because it was the only way he could go on living.

    A friend once told me that Jackson is the "Forrest Gump" of black people, but his heart is in the right place, even when his words fail him. Jackson is no MLK, and he knows it. I feel sorry for him.

     
  • At 4/13/2007 03:11:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    I do too, Helen, I do too...

    -Jack

     
  • At 4/13/2007 05:41:00 PM, Anonymous whig said…

    What cause do you have to take this obscenity and turn it into a critique of Jesse Jackson? Have you no shame whatsoever?

     
  • At 4/13/2007 07:35:00 PM, Blogger DeadMule said…

    Why shame, Whig? "Peace and love, y’all."

     
  • At 4/13/2007 07:54:00 PM, Anonymous whig said…

    You do not think it is wrong when a wealthy man with a big platform uses his wealth and power to call a group of successful and beautiful young women a bunch of dirty whores?

     
  • At 4/13/2007 08:00:00 PM, Anonymous whig said…

    DeadMule, sorry for catching you in the crossfire. You are not putting Jesse Jackson down as far as I can see, but our host is doing so, he is condemning the messengers, in lieu of the message that ought to be condemned.

     
  • At 4/14/2007 08:06:00 AM, Blogger DeadMule said…

    Hey Jack, Check out Sherry Chandler's links http://sherrychandler.com/?p=1887

     
  • At 4/14/2007 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

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  • At 4/14/2007 01:21:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Helen,

    I went to the link and read the blog posts that Sherry referenced. There are a lot of issues brought up that may be difficult to address here, but I will try to summarize what I am saying so that it will be more understandable.

    What CBS did with Imus is between CBS and Imus (and his audience). The outcry against Dan Rather's forgery scandal was so great that he was eventually "resigned" as a result, and that is the business between CBS and Dan Rather. I don't listen to Imus, have never listened to Imus, and don't know the content of his show. I HAVE listened to Howard Stern (out of curiosity) and other famous shock jocks like Don & Mike. (What is interesting is that these people make religiously bigotted statements regularly, but no one gets excited). Anyhow, what Imus said is no different than Jesse's frequent use of terms like "cracker", "hymie", "honkey" or any other derogatory and demeaning term. Terms he has never apologized for. And then he and Al expect apologies and call for the firing of Don Imus over a statement he made? This is not only the definition of "double standard" but situation ethics.

    Ok, real quick. I'll give you my nutshell opinion of the articles referenced by Sherry Chandler:

    They Were Warned-

    I think this hits the nail on the head. The hypocricy of those who call for blood every time someone steps outside of thier stream of morality. The liberals and blacks calling for Imus' head are the same as the extreme religious right who call for the heads of homosexuals.

    Imus in the Confessional-

    Sounds very judgemental, and I can't disagree more with the following statement:

    "The point of Confession isn't to get forgiven. It is to resolve to do better. You have to be heartily sorry and proof of that is the willingness to do penance. You have to pay for your mistakes"

    If our God worked this way, then we would all go to hell.

    Also, the whole article is from a racist perspective.

    The Nappy Headed Ho is We-

    I really don't understand this one much at all. The only thing I sort of get at all about what he is trying to say is:

    "The fact is, if we looked at this in its totality, we might just see that the underlying bigotry in this very controversy is one of the primary reasons for the many troubles in the world today. Color. Race. Creed. Religion. Sex."

    The love of self is the underlying problem in this world and all of these bigotries listed are just symptoms of the problem of man's sin. But this gentleman needs to be reminded that racism is not the sole franchise of the white man--it comes in many colors.

    White into Black -

    I'll have to work on this one, Helen! :) You know how slow I am when it comes to poetry.

    A couple of impressions--

    I don't think that Jesus was any color. I don't think he ever recognized color. I don't think it should be with Christians as it surely isn't with God. Jesus could have been blond-haired and blue-eyed, yellow as a chinaman or red as an indian for all it matters.

    Also, when we have a chance, we'll talk theology related to the "bride" statement. I have an interesting and very non-traditional take on the "Baptist Bride" theology.

    Will close this out now, but tend to think that in the grand course of this earth and its events, the Don Imus situation is insignificant. Except to the self-righteous...

    -Jack

     
  • At 4/14/2007 02:08:00 PM, Anonymous whig said…

    Jesus was a Jew, to be very specific about his ethnicity. You did know that, didn't you?

    We all spend a little time in hell. For some of us, just an instant. How quickly will you learn?

     
  • At 4/14/2007 05:23:00 PM, Blogger DeadMule said…

    What would Jesus do? He'd forgive. Peace.

     
  • At 4/14/2007 05:57:00 PM, Anonymous whig said…

    All are forgiven when they cease to sin, you are not given a license to sin and beg forgiveness while you do so.

     
  • At 4/14/2007 10:07:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    -Jack

     
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