When it comes to Christianity the norm from the media seems to be lies, distortion and disrespect.
ABC’s The View has never been a show on my watch list. However, there was a media buzz about comments made by Joy Behar regarding Vice President Mike Pence on The View in February 2018 (video below) . The comments concerned the VP speaking to Jesus and because it was claimed that Jesus spoke back to the VP he was deemed mentally ill by her. Take a look.
So I went online to view the video to see for myself. Was I in for a shock! The video was insulting and revolting to Christians because of the belittlement of Jesus and the Vice President on the show. It was downright disgusting to me and far from humorous that seemed to be it’s intent.
To my surprise the entire show segment was full of lies, distortions and disrespect for both the office of the Vice President, the Vice President himself who is a devout Christian, the character of Christ and Christian theology.
The segment in question was based on the public statement made at another time by fired White House staffer Omarosa Manigault, who had said “I am a Christian, I love Jesus, but he (Pence) thinks Jesus tells him to say things.” This was paraphrased on The View by one of the self- proclaimed co-hosts as saying “Jesus tells Mike Pence things to say.” That statement is followed up later in the show by the infamous Behar statement; “Its one thing if you talk to Jesus but if Jesus talks to you that is mental illness – hearing voices.”
I have serious doubts if the Vice President would say this in the manner being portrayed but if he did it would have been in the context of a prayer life where after praying one senses through the leading of the Holy Spirit what one should do. This is totally within the scope of Christian theology. The View’s co-hosts should have understood and stood up for the truth and not try to make media points by being a party to a distortion of the purpose and outcome of prayer. Obviously, the co-hosts had no concept of the Holy Spirit, one part of the Trinity promised by Jesus on earth to serve as a counselor for believers and an intervener for us. The Holy Spirit is a vital part of prayer as it is the two-way conduit for the communication with God.
Another statement made by the same self-proclaimed Christian co-host was that “People in Indiana hate Mike Pence. He is not very popular at all.” Really? What a bold faced lie and the evidence upholds it as one. The facts are that Vice President Pence was elected by Hoosiers to be Governor of Indiana and also served Indiana in The US House of Representatives being re-elected over a period of 13 years, so much for being hated or even unpopular!
Then she followed with “Values voters place us in a dangerous situation” and “put a religious veneer on things”. This equates values voters with religion (In this case Christian) and is true. However, the theme from The View is that “value voters” are not to be valued? In other words we do not want their votes because we may get elected officials who have values. Are Christian values in our country to be disrespected? Well, yes, it does often seem that way among certain people having different political views and her statement reflects this. This goes against everything the Founding Fathers imagined. It rejects what is known, that it was Christian values that influenced the development of Western Civilization and subsequently the United States of America. The Founders made sure that America was not set up as a Christian nation and instituted religious freedom. However, without Christian influence in America’s founding today’s America would be quite different. May I suggest that the ladies go back and take a history class. The 2016 presidential election was a reflection that the majority of Americans do not accept the valueless values of The View but desire Christian values.
Finally, she said that a “Vice President speaking in tongues” is not desirable. Do we know that the Vice President speaks in tongues? What if he does? Among millions of Christians, speaking in tongues is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. For many it is their prayer language and is genuine. Admittedly, among some Christians speaking in tongues is controversial as a spiritual gift that it is not to be exercised in modern times. However, the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit, reflect a closeness of the relationship between the individual and God. Don’t we want our leaders to be God-fearing and close to God regarding the weighty issues they deal with? Our leaders are sworn in with the words “So help me God” to uphold their duties and do so with their hand on the Bible.
There is more. Another co-host who self-proclaims Christianity follows with “What concerns me is how long is the conversation with Jesus?” and later “anything (speaking to Jesus) that is too much is concerning” as though we need to limit the time in prayer we have with God in Jesus’ name. Then she goes on to trivialize the practice of prayer by saying “I ask Jesus for a parking space.” Collectively, these comments show little understanding of prayer and what it entails. It is simply a conversation with God through Jesus and it is a two-way conversation. The Apostle Paul said “Pray without ceasing”. Based on the Greek word adialleiptos, prayer is not to be non-stop but on a recurring basis. Sounds to me like Vice President Pence has it right.
Behar returns with a mockery of Jesus saying “Can he talk to his wife without Mary Magdalene in the Room?” implying that Jesus had a wife and a mistress. There is no evidence that Jesus had a wife or a mistress and he preached against adultery and lust. Let’s give her the doubt that she might be misinformed by having read the only Gnostic writing from the fourth century that has been scholarly discredited. It does make such a claim that Jesus had a wife. Further, no credibility can be made since this writing is not even close to the time of the New Testament Gospels written by eye-witnesses and hundreds of years earlier and make no mention of a wife. Misinformed or not this is a most despicable and disrespectful comment that demeans Jesus, who lived, suffered and died to save to eternal life the very people who disparage him.
Lastly, an attempt to smooth everything over is offered by the statement “The Bible says ‘do all things in moderation’.” That statement is not in the Bible. The closest statement is “everything is permissible but not beneficial” (1Cor. 6:12). This is something the co-hosts should adopt as a philosophy and try to deal with issues honestly and factually so as to be beneficial to the audience. Do your homework ladies!
The View is not the only media that bashes Christianity or Christians in the name of comedy with a political goal. Christians must stand up and call these people out because the facts are on your side if you know them with certainty. I seriously doubt that The View would make similar remarks about Mohammad for fear of reprisal and the network would probably come down on them as well. Double standard again.
Most discouraging is that the audience laughs at this insulting and revolting interchange made up of lies and distortions that are disrespectful to Christians, Jesus and the Vice President. It is all downright disgusting to me to see and is a sad commentary on what we have come to accept as a people.
G. Lee Southard, Ph.D.
Please take a look at the book To Know With Certainty to equip high school seniors and their parents to defend and contend for their faith against life’s greatest intellectual challenges to the faith.