This is a follow-up blog to the one I wrote yesterday about the inability of secular society to stomach true Christianity in their midst. Again, as I have written several times, this has nothing to do with tolerance, equality or getting their cake baked. They simply cannot swallow the idea of a judgmental God who also stands at the ready to redeem and save any who would humble themselves.
Several years ago Barbie and I read together Ben Carson’s book Gifted Hands. It was truly an inspiring book on several levels. He was born into poverty and rose to the absolute pinnacle in the field of pediatric neurosurgery. As an inner city youth he rose faster than any one before him to the top of the ROTC program in high school. But most importantly, as an angry black youth, he rose out of his rebellious, angry and hatful attitudes as a result of a salvation experience with Jesus.
But to non-believers, this is myth and cannot happen in real life! It’s just a story, and it must be discredited at all cost in order to preserve our right to do as we please. So bring on the attacks and deep investigating into the life of a teenage boy while in grade school some 50 years ago. They simply cannot reconcile that someone displaying good character today could have once tried to attack his mother or stab a relative over 5 decades ago. It’s not possible, it sounds to ….. how can I put it ….. fantastical. And of course we don’t believe in fantasy, right!
No, we don’t believe in fantasy, but we do believe in a redemptive God who can turn even the worst of us around and cause His light to shine.
And it’s not only the liberal left who are out to discredit Ben’s changed life. Just this week in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump totally dismissed any possibility of it being a redemptive God story stating that the only thing that can bring that kind of change to someone is pills or drugs. I guess that also says a lot about Trump’s understanding of Christianity – which he claims some form of adherence to.
No, here again is a prominent public figure unashamedly modeling Jesus and His life changing redemptive power and this narrative is totally incompatible with unaccountable secular humanism.
As for me, I choose to see this as a wonderful example of the unlimited potential of Christ in the life of Ben, me, you or anyone who would yield to Jesus.