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June 25, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

Open Letter to Laura Ingraham

Dear Laura Ingraham,

Your stance on the overabundance of sex on television is commendable and we can agree that this is anti-family and particularly anti-compassion for the youngest members of society. It would certainly be nice if Fox Reality and the Rupert Murdock actually followed at all through on these principles. If Rupert and the rest of the Fox family could put his money where their mouth is–it might actually help make ours a more family and compassionate oriented society.

My second concern deals with the fundamentals of Biblical interpretation. I’m sorry you misguided interpretation of the bible (see below). Even though it must be interesting to fundamentally re-write it on the air of Fox News.

Its further saddens me that you profit off rhetorical vitriol, the anger, and misapplication of Biblical principles. Is that all much different from John Hagee and Creflo Dollar?

Hugs and kisses,

Me

My Criticism of Laura Ingraham and Fox News:

Laura Ingraham said it was “Christianity 101” that Leviticus and the Sermon on the Mount apply equally. Apparently, its lost on Laura that the New Testament represented a new covenant and that the old law was dead. Otherwise words like grace aren’t particularly meaningful in the Christian lexicon and the entire delineation between old and new is pretty meaningless. Not to mention the fact that the Sermon on the Mount represents words from the very mouth of Jesus.

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  1. Robert Cooper / Jun 27 2008 6:19 am

    “Apparently, its lost on Laura that the New Testament represented a new covenant and that the old law was dead.”

    That is a bit of a misstatement of what she is saying here. “The Law” is certainly to be kept. The expansion of Christianity into the gentile community was certainly debated, even among the apostles and the early church, but Jesus was always quite clear that (paraphrasing) “whosoever do and teach these shall be the greatest in the Kingdom.” (Matthew something — I’d have to look it up)

    The only part of the “Law” that was ever overturned was the eating of unclean beasts, re: Peter’s vision he relayed after preaching to the gentile peoples (Acts 10-11 IIRC). It was pretty clear that Peter, Paul and John had some disagreement on this.

    However, I think your misstatement comes in the thrust of Jesus’s message: It isn’t through obedience of law that salvation is granted, but through faith. That isn’t to say that the law isn’t to be kept. Certainly from a textual reading of the Bible, Dr. (sic) Laura is correct.

    In practical terms, few Jewish or Christian sects actually pay attention to Leviticus, because lets face it, it is not compatible with modernity. No one expects menstruating women to cloister themselves, for example. The problem is, people like Dr. (sic) Laura like to pick and choose what gets applied and what doesn’t

  2. Shane Vander Hart / Jun 28 2008 8:56 pm

    I agree with Robert. The law is not dead. The law condemns. Studying the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus isn’t giving us a new law, nor is he abolishing the old.

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them,” (Matthew 5:17, ESV).

    What has changed as Robert stated – our works do not save us. It is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus that saves.

    The fruit of that belief is righteousness which is what the Sermon on the Mount was about. The righteousness of the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven (Christians). It isn’t something that we can do ourselves, but only through the Holy Spirit.

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