Thursday, March 15, 2018

It began as a radio program and migrated to television.  The first broadcast was on June 3, 1949.  It became a TV show around 1951.  The title was Dragnet and Jack Webb played the part of Detective Sargent Joe Friday.  The show lasted until 1970.  Although Webb never said it in any of the segments, the expression “Just the facts, Ma’am” were attributed to him.  When Webb died in 1982, LAPD Chief Darryl Gates retired Shield Number 714 and Webb was buried with full police honors.  A rarity for a non-policeman!

“Just the facts”!  Some would rather not hear them.  Some have the idea that if they don’t hear them, those facts will not be true.  Some don’t want to talk about death because it might happen!  Yet the fact remains, “It is appointed for men to die once” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV).  Men still claim, “There is no God.”  Yet, a truth older than that spokesman continues to be read, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1 NKJV).

Some want to deny God’s existence because if He does and will call us into account, they know they will not do well in that court!  They would rather believe that when they die they will have no place to go since all will be annihilated.  So, their theme is, “You only go around once in life, so you’ve got to grab for all the gusto you can.”  Because of this perception, the Christian view of life is rejected and expressed as offensive.  If their lifestyle is offensive to the Christian community, it doesn’t matter because all Christians are religious lunatics.  Their advice to those charged with that perception is, “Get over it!”

Truth is offensive to those who discount it, and some believe no one should have to hear it.  So, the Christian should keep his convictions closeted.  Some offended by truth think the First Amendment is not applicable to those who offend them.  The Pharisees, and even the apostles of Jesus, were offended by the Lord’s teaching (Matthew 15:12).  There are some who sink in their own quicksand refusing help because they believe they don’t need it.  True, there are some that cannot be reached because having ears to hear, they cannot hear (Mark 7:16; Luke 8:8).  Yet, Jesus still gave the Great Commission and said, “Go” and “teach” (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19 KJV).

I know there are honest and sincere folks who have no desire to hurt others that are of a different belief.  Yet, they are offended if any criticism is levied against those in that religion that are guilty of mayhem and murder.  The media refers to the guilty as “terrorists.” but try not to identify their religious affiliation.  That information might offend the peaceful!  The terrorist quote from their scriptures highlighting passages that demand the deaths of all infidels.  They point out that there are two houses in their belief system.  One house is called “Peace.”  This house is ruled by their god and contains the obedient.  The other is the house of “War.”  It is populated with non-believers who refuse to convert.  These make war against the house of “Peace” by refusing to submit to the god of the house of “Peace.”  It is the god given duty of all who are in the house of “Peace” to destroy the house of “War” so peace will reign upon the earth.

Since 1968 incidents involving “infidels” being murdered has increased drastically.  Those who believe they have a command from their god to eliminate infidels are those who wears suicide vests and believe Paradise and multiple virgins will be their reward.  They display videos of severed heads of “infidels.”  They hijack airliners and fly them into buildings.  They plants homemade bombs on Boston streets.  They march in the streets with signs that promise death to all “unbelievers.”  They gang rape “infidel” women who refuse to wear special clothing.  They torture and murder homosexuals.  They vandalize churches and desecrates Christian cemeteries in countries under their control.  This escalation doesn’t send a message of peace to those who do not convert to their religion.  These are just a few actions that set them apart from other religions and influence people to think the entire religion is like that.  “Just the facts”?

This criticism against those who are committing these atrocities isn’t meant to offend those who advocate peace.  It is strange that every warlike group over the past fifty years happens to be people from that faith who quote their scriptures as their authority to kill infidels.  If those who believe in real peace want that message known, their objections need to be heard above the sound of explosions, automatic rifle fire, and threats of death to all who are not in that religion.  If they are not heard and the peace they claim is not practiced, then the more aggressive crowd will be the only ones being seen and heard.  The Nazi minority in Germany squelched the majority’s opposition until Germany surrender to the allies in 1945.  The same results are seen today.  The difference is that the peaceful advocates are in the minority!   “Just the facts?”