Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gotcha!


Journalists love to do this. They look for a weakness, or a controversial topic, then twist it in the most unfavorable way. Hopfully the subject of their twisted torture will cooperate by saying the thing they are being baited to say. Then its -


GOTCHA!


They did this with Sarah Pallin all the time. More recently it was done to Carrie Prejean on the subject of gay marriage.
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The Pharisees did it to Jesus on the subject of divorce.
Matthew 19
1 -2 When Jesus had completed these teachings, he left Galilee and crossed the region of Judea on the other side of the Jordan. Great crowds followed him there, and he healed them. 3One day the Pharisees were badgering him: "Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"
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Now, this was not a casual question, even though they carefully tried to make it appear like it was.
Both the topic, and how the question was phrased, was designed to make half of the audience break out in revolt, which ever answer he gave.

4 -6 "He answered, "Haven't you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh—no longer two bodies but one. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart."
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They were ready. Scripture was on the tips of their tongues.

7 "They shot back in rebuttal, "If that's so, why did Moses give instructions for divorce papers and divorce procedures?"
8 -9Jesus said, "Moses provided for divorce as a concession to your hard heartedness, but it is not part of God's original plan. I'm holding you to the original plan, and holding you liable for adultery if you divorce your faithful wife and then marry someone else. I make an exception in cases where the spouse has committed adultery."
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The Pharisees were shut up. But not the disciples. It seemed too hard for them.

10 "Jesus' disciples objected, "If those are the terms of marriage, we're stuck. Why get married?"
11 -12But Jesus said, "Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn't for everyone. Some, from birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought. Others never get asked—or accepted. And some decide not to get married for kingdom reasons. But if you're capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it."
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And thus ends this particular "gotcha".
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But there are many more to come...

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