Psalm 14

Written by admin on October 24th, 2006

The past couple of days I have been reading Bill O’Reilly’s new book, CULTURAL WARRIOR. Then I got to reading Eugene Peterson’s translation of Psalms 14 and concluded that it was very descriptive of the self O’Reilly presents in his book.  Not that O\’Reilly would deny the existence of God, it is just that his God is not all that holy, just or bright.  And O’Reilly’s language seems to be “poison gas” as the Psalms declares about many folk in David’s day.

He oversimplifies things by dividing Americans into the Traditionalists and the Secular Progressives. Personally, I was not comfortable with either group. Among many others he placed Bill Moyers in the SPs.  Progressive, yes, but not Secular.  Moyers’ thought is informed by the Bible. I would say the same for Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta newspapers whom O’Reilly puts with the SPs also.

On page 206 O’Reilly lists the 10 tenets of his code for culture warriors.  The fourth is “Understand and respect Judeo-Christian philosophy.” He fails to do so, personally, and his whole structure crumbles for this reader.

Back to Psalm 14. David warns that our leaders should not treat “people like a fast-food meal over which they’re too busy to pray.”  David adds, “Do you think you can mess with the dreams of the poor? You can’t, for God makes their dreams come true.”

I wish I could get my money back.  The O’Reilly book was a waste.

 

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