Michael Gantt Ministries

Sharpening the Iron of the Church


Fig Leaves

 

CNN’s Don Lemon recently made the outrageous claim that Jesus Christ “admittedly was not perfect” when he was on earth. 

During a discussion about the shortcomings of the Founding Fathers on Monday night with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, Lemon said, “Here’s the thing: Jesus Christ — if that’s who you believe in, Jesus Christ — admittedly was not perfect when he was here on this earth.” 

It continues to amaze when celebrities and politicians who are clueless regarding spiritual matters, make outrageous declarations about Jesus and Biblical truths. The most common ignorance is on display when men quote biblical text out of their context. A most popular misuse of the scriptures employed by the willfully ignorant, “Judge not.” Those words are in fact in the bible but absent from the context in which they were spoken they are meaningless. They are most often employed by men who are confronted with their gross sin and rebellion. Lemon’s words, however, are not words taken out of context. They are words pulled out of the thin air of biblical ignorance and unbelievable arrogance. 

First, Lemon says that Jesus Christ “admittedly” was not perfect when he was here on this earth. He does not offer any evidence where Jesus “admitted” that He was not perfect. There is no reference given regarding the words of Jesus wherein He confessions human weakness. The reason? Such words do not exist.  This is not an admission of imperfection by Jesus, but a declaration by a foolish man who is ignorant of Biblical truth; a declaration I might add that runs right up to the edge of blasphemy.

I offer here just three verses from the Holy Bible that, rather than admitting any imperfection in Jesus, declare Him to be without sin (perfect).

For to this, you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. (1 Peter 2:21-22)

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14)

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him, there is no sin. 1 John 3:5

This is what Jesus admittedly says In John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.”

Those who adopt a position that is indefensible usually resort to outrageous defense. What Lemon was asserting in this newscast was that those who choose to honor our forefathers are guilty of deifying them. He says,  “So why are we deifying the founders of this country, many of whom owned slaves, and in the Constitution — the original one — they didn’t want, they put slavery in there, that slavery should be abolished because it was the way the king wanted. And then the Congress said, ‘No way!’”

Recognizing great accomplishments and remarkable courage is not the same thing as deifying. Much of what was Europe came to America with the colonies––of which slavery was one of those things. I believe our forefathers were great men – but admittedly, they were not perfect men. It took a while––it took a war––but the issue of slavery was dealt with in America. Hundreds of thousands of white men, shed their blood to rid our nation of the stain of slavery. We don’t deify those brave individuals any more than we deify George Washington. But we do mark their courage and sacrifice. 

The Civil War brought an end to slavery, but it did not bring an end to racism. Desegregation provided greater opportunities for black men, but it did not end racism. We limp along, as we always have, in dealing with the carnal nature of human beings, which is the root of racism and slavery. We must acknowledge that it is the evil heart of man that drives the sin of racism. As men continue to reject the Word of God and the principles of Christ, racism will remain with us. It will not be overcome with violence. It will not be overcome even by legislation. Racism will only be defeated by the spirit of a perfect Christ taking up residence within the hearts of men. 

Listen to the words of a great man who at one time was revered by black men as one of the great civil rights champions, whose words and values seem to be completely forgotten: “Black supremacy is as dangerous as white supremacy, and God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men, God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race and the creation of a society where all men will live together as brothers, and all men will respect the dignity and the worth of all human personality.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I see little of that grace and dignity out in the streets of New York or Minneapolis today.

I continue to come under pressure because I refuse to endorse the actions of Black Lives Matter.  I do support the sentiment that black lives matter, but I do not endorse the organized, violent, even deadly activities of those who fill the streets to burn, loot, and indiscriminately shoot weapons into passing vehicles. Why? As if the indiscriminate murder of an 8-year-old child in Atlanta by violent protesters was not enough, but because these activities will not bring reform. They will not bring healing. They will not improve the quality of life for anyone, black or white.

(I personally don’t think BLACK LIVES MATTERS has any desire toward healing racial divides or racial inequality, or any kind of peace for that matter. I believe the organization is run by Marxist revolutionaries who have lept upon the killing of George Floyd to advance the overthrow of our nation. This is not a matter of a few bad apples intermixed with an otherwise good organization. This is not a good organization.)

My only hope is that the black community will realize that BLACK LIVES MATTERS is not a friend to the black community. BLM may in fact be their worst enemy. 

Years ago, my son and I along with a couple of friends performed a concert of Americana and Patriotic music at a gathering for the Republican party of Vermont. We expressed then that the only hope for America is Jesus. We were almost booed off the stage because we had the temerity to suggest that government by imperfect men is not the answer to the turmoil and division in America. Only a visitation by the Spirit of a very Perfect Savior will ever heal the terrible divides that plague our nation. That was more than twenty years ago, and I still believe it to be true. 

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they realized they were naked. Their response to the situation was to sew together leaves to cover their nakedness. Their leaves could not cover their nakedness from God, not could those leaves atone for their sins. 

In these tumultuous days, the naked sinfulness of the nation has been revealed and on all sides, we are sewing together our own fig leaves in a vain effort to cover our sin and even perhaps to atone for those sins. Figleaves: Riots, violence looting, burning, pulling down of statues, shouting, name-calling, race shaming, legislation, flag-waving or flag burning––these are all fig leaves and none of our human efforts can fix what is wrong with mankind, whether black or white, red, brown, or yellow. Instead of pulling down statues and memorials, we ought better to be served by pulling down the spiritual strongholds that have separated us from the perfect solution to our problems.

The PERFECT Savior has the PERFECT answer to atone for the sins of an IMPERFECT people. If our nation does not turn back to the God with whom or forebears entered into a covenant, then our “fig leaves” will provide the fuel that will burn our nation down. 

 

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Discussion (1)

There is one response to “Fig Leaves”.

  1. Dave King responded:

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    Here’s my post on a YouTube broadcast of Mr. Lemon on CNN:
    Let’s stick with clear, observable fact and just how well informed Mr. Lemon is, despite his credentials. Let us consider his quote, which he acknowledges is to represent the views of some folks, but yet clearly demonstrates he does not have command of the most pertinent fact. I am referencing July 9th on CNN when Lemon said, “Here’s the thing: Jesus Christ — if that’s who you believe in, Jesus Christ — admittedly was not perfect when he was here on this earth.” Now, one may or may not believe in Christ nor know doctrine verbatim, but for Mr. Lemon to articulate that Christ is not ‘God with us’ is to demonstrate how poorly prepared he can be on any given topic while ‘On The Air’. Having aired that kind of misinformation, media choice is more clearly in the eyes of the viewer.

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