June 16, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: The Pinnacle of Near Perfect Ignorance

When I am driving, I often listen to Fox News on my Sirius XM Radio. The other day one of the hosts was interviewing his guest. The subject was the alleged Russian interference in the 2018 election.

The host mentioned something that somebody else had said about it and then asked his guest to respond.

The guest responded by stating that the other person was obviously, “speaking from the pinnacle of near perfect ignorance.”  I almost ran off the road laughing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more eloquent insult!

In the past few weeks, as the debate surrounding the Georgia Heartbeat Abortion Bill has raged, sadly, I have heard many people speak from the pinnacle of near perfect ignorance.

I have listened as Hollywood liberal actors like Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin, and a host of others have threatened that the Hollywood film industry would boycott Georgia if this bill was signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not going to miss them when they’re gone! Do they really think that the citizens of the Great State of Georgia are so foolish as to believe for one minute, that just because these actors threaten to boycott, that the film industry is going to pull up stakes and move out?

First of all, the Hollywood film industry is not in Georgia because they agree with our politics. They are here because Georgia is providing them with a boatload full of financial incentives!

Secondly, the actors are under contract with the production companies that are making these movies in Georgia. It is these production companies that determine where they will shoot, not the actors. So, if they want to get sued for breach of contract, then fine, boycott Georgia. Again, they’re speaking from the pinnacle of near perfect ignorance.

Another person, among many, speaking from the pinnacle of near perfect ignorance, is Stacey Abrams.  She is the failed 2018 Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate. She addressed the issue of the legislature passing HB 481, the Georgia Heartbeat Abortion Bill.

It states that a doctor cannot perform an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. This usually happens around the sixth week of a pregnancy. She said, “HB 481 is evil. And it exists because it was a campaign promise. It exists because it was a political stunt.”

Wow! Let me give you something to ponder here: A person is deemed dead when a heartbeat can no longer be detected. So, doesn’t it stand to reason, that at a minimum, when a heartbeat is detected a person should be deemed alive?

And hey, while we’re pondering things, ponder this: When Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb, was there ever a time when Jesus wasn’t Jesus? No Miss Abrams, it’s not the Heartbeat Bill that is evil!

It his book, “Become the Whole Person God Intends You to Be,” Warren Wiersbe said, “Satan is so deceptive! He likes to borrow Christian vocabulary, but he does not use the Christian dictionary!”

I’m afraid that’s what’s wrong in America today. Satan has got church folks speaking with a fluent Christian vocabulary, but has blinded us to the Christian and Biblical dictionary!

For too long we’ve been silent, or have been guilty of speaking words without realizing their real definition. We use words and phrases today like, “living together,” but don’t realize it means, “adulterer or adulteress.” We say, “alcoholic,” instead of “drunkard!” And we have been taught to say, “women’s rights” and “abortion” instead of “murder!”

As horrific as it is, it is not my intention to make abortion the unpardonable sin. It’s not! I’m thankful that through repentance, Jesus Christ gives both forgiveness and restoration for sin. But it is my intention to say that as individuals, churches, and as a nation, all too often we are guilty of speaking from the pinnacle of near perfect ignorance.

God forgive us and help us!

Brother Aaron

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