Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Gospel, According to Charles Barkley

From last year:

(Impolite language at 1:22)

After talking to Wolf Blitzer about his run for Alabama Governor in '14, Charles Barkley explained what he meant by "all conservatives are fake Christians" (my words are in bold):

"They [Christians] want to be judge and jury. Like, I'm for gay marriage, it's none of my business if gay people want to get married. I'm pro-choice. And I think these Christians... first of all, they're supposed to be... they're not supposed to judge other people, but they're the most hypocritical judge of people we have in this country. And it bugs the blithers out of me... they act like they're Christians, and they're not forgiving at all." ~Charles Barkley

Wolf Blitzer: "So, uh, you're going to get a lot of feedback on this one, Charles."

"They can't do anything to me, I don't work for them." ~Charles Barkley

Wolf Blitzer: "So, you feel comfortable saying all that?"

"I feel very comfortable saying I'm pro-choice, and I'm for gay marriage. Very comfortable." ~Charles Barkley

Wolf Blitzer: But, you can't lump all these Conservatives as being "fake"; a lot of them... obviously, most of them are very, very sincere in their religious beliefs."

"Well, they should read the part of the Bible that they're not supposed to judge other people. They forget that one when it doesn't fit what they want to say." ~Charles Barkley

Okay, let us see what the Bible has to say about Charles Barkley's "gospel":

"...They should read the part of the Bible that they're not supposed to judge other people."

I think he was referencing the following verses:

"Judge not, that ye be not judged." Matthew 7:1

"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." ~Romans 14:13

I suppose, though, he didn't read as far as this:

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." ~John 7:24

And, what about this:

"These (Bereans) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." ~

So, the Bereans were considered "noble" for judging what they were taught of men by reading the scriptures? If no Christian is to judge anyone or anything, how are we to know what is to be considered wrong? How can we "forgive" someone, if we aren't allowed to judge or convict them of wrongdoing? Can there be such a thing as "wrong" if we cannot judge "right" from "wrong"? What would be the purpose of that?

It is only common sense that we ought to judge, righteously, and with the scriptures, what Charles Barkley has to say, and what anyone says or does.


Bryan said...

Charles Barkley has the number one characteristic of politicians today. Forget his rhetoric and blabber. Listen to this one statement...

"They can't do anything to me, I don't work for them." ~Charles Barkley

He wants his position to be one of King and not servant. To dictate and not listen. Alabama can do better. We all can. But... we get what we deserve.

Son3 said...

You're right, Bryan.

At the moment in time that he spoke, he didn't work for them; but, then again, this was a kind of campaign interview, so it was very unwise of him to say that.

But, who cares? We don't want "servants", we want "leaders". Politicians can get away with murder (anyone of recent media attention come to mind?), and nobody cares.

CarolineNot said...

I find it VERY annoying that one must judge someone in order to accuse them of judging. Is that man not judging conservatives or Christians or whatever people group he's so fuzzed-up about?

'Bout makes me twitch.

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Typical, I guess.

Son3 said...


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