Word for Today
For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth. Zechariah 4:10
Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a big God who takes note of small things. While we seem so insignificant this amazing God that we serve knows each of us. He knows us by name and knows the details of our lives.
Who shot Gabrielle Giffords? Some seem to think that Sarah Palin was somehow or in some way responsible for the actions of Jared Loughner. If not Sarah, then possibly Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. Could it possibly have been the Fox News Network?
The irony of this is that conservatives have had mostly kind comments to make about Congresswoman Giffords, who has been rather conservative in her political history. This did not stop Keith Olbermann, who is guilty of ‘over-the-top’ rhetoric himself, from politicizing the killings.
Keith Olbermann gave a ’special comment’ on yesterday’s shooting in Arizona, connecting the violence in Arizona to the “ever-escalating, borderline-ecstatic invocation of violence in fact or in fantasy in our political discourse.”
The one thing that Olbermann, Media Matters, and most other journalist are overlooking is the political leanings, if any, of Jared Loughner. This wasn’t a ‘nut-case’ conservative who was inspired by either Palin, Limbaugh, Beck or any other conservative to go out and begin a revolution. This was a left-leaning male who shot a conservatively leaning woman. Those who knew him called him a left-leaning liberal. A classmate described him as obsessed with the 2012 prophecy. He had been expelled from college due to bizarre behavior.
Those who listen to conservative talk radio know that the commentators mentioned above denounce violence and promote the electoral process. Those who listen to Glenn Beck are aware that he is seeking to prevent chaos and violence in our streets. It is often those who read Lenin, Stalin, and other revolutionaries who promote such violence.
Chaos and violence is one of the methods used to take down a free society. This is the exact opposite of the values promoted by conservatives such as Limbaugh, Palin, Beck, and Fox News. Those who want to use this event as a catalyst to take away individual freedoms are opportunist who are working against a free society.