* Please note well that what follows in not –in even the very least– intended to be an explicitly political critique. My concern is –rather than that of politics– strictly, here, of deeply held religious, even theological, interests.
This past Friday, my heart and mind raced from genuine surprise to appalling frustration as I listened to an exchange on a popular radio talk show hosted by a popular “conservative” political pundit who openly and boldly claims to be a Christian. [I do not “often” listen to his program but occasionally do so for a few minutes here and there when in the car.]
He had taken a call from a lady whose both name and story he remembered from a previous call she had apparently made to his program –what seemed like– not long ago. After talking her up for a moment, even sharing and explaining the significance of her Twitter handle, he went on to describe their recent conversation. It seems that she had previously expressed to him an opportunity she was being given to work with ladies who have far less than stellar backgrounds. In fact, she would be working with ladies who had been convicted of various crimes and were or had been serving time in prison.
In bringing her –finally– into the conversation, the host spoke of his previous warnings that she’d surely be yelled at, cursed, spit upon, etc. He then loadedly [Please bear with my exercise of grammatical license, here.] asked for her to confirm that he had indeed told her that she was “too nice for a job like that” and that he had given her ample reason to not even consider stooping to such a lowly level of work.
She sheepishly obliged and acknowledged that, yes, she’d been burned –so to speak– by the opportunity. Hopefully, they both seemed to agree, she had learned her lesson.
As the conversation soon came to a close, the host proudly assured her that he’d do all that he could henceforth to help her land any job opportunity so long as it’d be with a “conservative” organization.
Please let me repeat and clarify: I was sincerely befuddled by how disconnected the host’s practical advice was from his otherwise ardent claim of Christian faith. Immediately, I thought that this brief yet bold exchange was clearly a poignant anecdote of how commonly we live in two separate worlds presuming that “never the twain shall meet” — the “real” world (as it is too often so profanely termed) and our “religious” (and, generally assumed, private) world.
While my aim, here, is not to address how these “two worlds” are to coinhere, it is, however, to desperately plead that they must indeed coinhere. John Stonestreet and Eric Metaxas having repeatedly called their BreakPoint listeners to be good citizens of two Kingdoms, I instinctively suspected that this was at least a fair and fitting example of how one could ever-so-naturally fall woefully short in doing so.
…[I]n one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-Begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried…
It is to our benefit that He didn’t consider Himself “too nice for a job like that” but, rather, “emptied Himself of all but love and bled for Adam’s helpless race.” He bids us, “Come and die.”