© 2007 J. Matt Barber
recent media tempest surrounding the passing of Reverend Jerry Falwell
has blown away the mask of sublime compassion and tolerance worn by
members of the mainstream left. Sadly
– pitifully, really – the collective face exposed beneath the
altruistic facade is one marred by ugliness and hatred – scarred by
Upon news of
Falwell’s death, Marcotte pronounced, “ There is no heaven (or alas, hell) for
him to go to. All that’s
left is memory. May his
memory rot like his flesh.” Blog
member “tzs” longed for the days of old, writing, “…after
watching Falwell I know why the Romans threw the Christians to the
on the “gay” JoeMyGod weblog,
“Vince” lamented, “I had hoped the [expletive deleted] would
have pulled through and lived the rest of his life as a
“MegaHorror” over at Wonkette wrote, “I hope he suffered and I hope he was scared…”
have been thousands of such hateful musings
from self-identified “gays” and “lesbians,” atheists and other
MoveOn.org types who make up the base of the “progressive”
movement. Many of them
can’t even be repeated.
of the mainstream media have also piled on.
Chicago Sun Times
“religion” columnist Cathleen Falsani (who
claims to be a Christian) shamelessly celebrated Rev. Falwell’s
death in her May 18th column Sigh
of Relief over Falwell’s Death, equating him to a murderous
mafia don and writing, “In
fact, my very first thought upon hearing of the Rev. Falwell’s
passing was: Good. And
I didn’t mean ‘good’ in a
oh-good-he’s-gone-home-to-be-with-the-Lord kind of way. I meant
‘good’ as in ‘Ding-dong, the witch is dead.’”
we might expect a spattering of comparable vitriol from a handful of
right-leaning fringe elements if a similarly controversial liberal
figure had died, it’s hard to imagine those inside the pro-family
conservative mainstream – which Rev. Falwell represented –
engaging in such a vile celebration of death.
causes a heart to become so blackened?
Why such hatred for a man who spent his entire life in service
to both the Lord he loved and to his fellow man?
True, he was unapologetically blunt in his defense of objective
truth and unwavering in his opposition to sin, but Rev. Falwell showed
– in word and deed – that he truly cared for those who hated him.
He exposed them to the compassion and love of Christ, who
freely offers salvation from the spiritual and physical death which is
a natural consequence of immoral self-indulgence.
not Rev. Falwell they hate so much as the truth he delivered.
And as much as they hate that truth, they hate the Author of
that truth. Scripture
tells us that God’s natural law – His objective truth – is
written on the heart of every man, woman and child.
Our innate understanding of that absolute truth – whether we
acknowledge it or not – coupled with our accountability to a
sovereign but loving Creator, becomes like a virus to those who deny
it. That denial of reality
in turn manifests itself in a visceral hatred of those other equally
broken and fallen souls who, by contrast, do acknowledge His truth.
rebellion against the Creator is no new thing.
It's a time-honored tradition among those who prefer to view
the world through the prism of moral relativism.
And the world’s hatred of those who labor to share His truth
is as robust as that rebellion. Matthew
5:11-12 tells us, “Blessed
are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all
kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because
great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted
the prophets who were before you.”
Rev. Falwell’s death has stripped away the mask, betraying the
angry, rebellious and hurting countenance of those who hated him.
If they could have, they would have thrown him to the lions.
But they didn’t have to.
He entered the den willingly with love in his heart and truth
on his lips for Christ’s name sake.
And based on that objective truth, Rev. Falwell’s reward in heaven will be
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.