Let’s not add to the offense of the Gospel

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

As part of my job I work in social media. In fact, I tweet under my company’s account, as well as under my own Twitter account. I have Tweetdeck up during the day, so a never ending stream of tweets come at me four to eight at a time, and I try to tune in when I have a few seconds here and there.

The other day I happened to see a tweet from a guy commenting about a video he had just seen of Ann Coulter on Donny Deutsch’s show “The Big Idea”.  She had apparently dissed Jews, and he, being Jewish, was offended.

I watched the video, and it turns out it was from 2007, so this is not a new Coulter faux pas (she has many).  However, as with anything in this digital age, everything uttered, especially things one wishes they could take back, lives on permanently in the ether, waiting to be dredged up again and again as if some new wrong.

Still, there is something that Christians can learn even today from this previous Coulter gaff. In the interview, Deutsch pressed her about what it would be like if her dreams for the country could come true. Among other things, it came out that she believed things would be better if everyone were a Christian. Deutsch, who is Jewish, then asked whether that meant she thought there should be no Jews (comparing her statement to something Ahmadinejad would say). She said, “Well, no, we just want the Jews to be perfected”. Deutsch, refusing to even try to understand what she meant by that statement, was immediately offended, just like the guy on Twitter.

Of course, her point was that Christians believe both the old and the new testament, and that Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament.  He came for Jews and Gentiles alike so that we can have forgiveness from God through our faith, not by keeping the law. Through Christ, we are all God’s people. We are all descendants of Abraham, having been grafted in to the olive tree. But, the way she phrased it would put off anyone watching who is not a Christian, especially a Jew.

We need to remember that the Gospel is offensive to the world on its own, and Christians do not need to add to the offense in our presentation of it. Unfortunately, someone like Ann Coulter clumsily communicating what Christianity is about on national TV makes it harder for the rest of us to reach people with the Gospel.

This does not mean that we need to shy away from the ideal that the whole world would be Christian. After all, we believe only those who accept Jesus as their savior will be acceptable to God. We don’t think we’re superior. Quite the opposite. We know how lost we are. We  just believe we’ve made it to the lifeboat, and want to help everyone else get in that we can.

That we think this message of the Gospel is the truth should be offensive to no one if presented correctly. If Donny Deutsch were to say to me that I’m wrong for believing that Jesus was the Messiah, why should that bother me? He can have a different opinion without my being offended. Just the same, I should be able to tell him that I think he’s wrong, and Jesus is the Messiah his people have been patiently waiting for all this time. As a little added bonus, I would point him to Isaiah 53 in his own scriptures as just one of my proof texts.

Donny Deutsch

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5 Responses to “Let’s not add to the offense of the Gospel”

  • Ricky,

    Thanks for standing for the gospel. If we offend someone for any other reason than Jesus we have done a disservice to the gospel. In other words, it’s a tragedy if someone rejects Jesus because I’m a political conservative. I think we need to keep our priorities right.

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    Grace Freak Dan

  • Comment from Kathy

    I think Christians often feel there job is to be defensive when defending their faith. The way you would respond,allows someone to come to their own terms regarding what foundation a faith is built upon. Bravo for being bold but not audacious.