Wednesday, January 09, 2008

God in the dock

In the Daily Telegraph today a columnist was making fun of Mike Huckabee. Apart from the fact that he is a Republican Candidate for the Presidential nomination I know nothing about him. However, he wears his religion on his sleeve, and this is something no British politician would dare to do. When Tony Blair was asked whether he prayed with George Bush, his minder replied, "We don't do God." Despite this Tony Blair was a devout man who has since followed Cardinal Newman to Rome.

Blair thought he would be a laughing stock if he spoke about his faith and the Telegraph columnist seeks to poke fun at Huckabee. The particular issue was a commercial in which the candidate wished everybody a 'magnificent Christmas'. Like many of his readers, I fail to find anything remotely amusing about the ad. But I would go further. I find it offensive that anyone should make fun of someone's sincerely held beliefs about God.

I am reminded of Psalm 2:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

God does not need defenders; he can take care of himself. As CH Spurgeon said, "I would sooner defend a lion." But His people do need defending. I am sure Mike Huckabee can take care of himself, but believers whose faith is frail may cower beneath such cynicism. Christians should stand up for their brothers and sisters.


Lynn said...

The correct spelling is Mike Huckabee. I think Huckerbee sounds a bit derisive.

Terry Hamblin said...

Thanks for the correction. I have modified the original.

Terry Hamblin said...

Still sounds a funny name.

Anonymous said...

I find it amusing that politicians in the UK claim not to be Christian even if they are, and politicians in the US claim to be Christian even if they aren't. (I am not referring to Huckabee who seems is very sincere in his beliefs)