This morning I read about a certain cartoonist that has made fun of Gov. Palin’s Pentecostal practice of speaking in tongues. The email newsletter I received called it blasphemy. It was certainly sarcastic, demeaning, and mean-spirited, but blasphemy? Blasphemy is defined as I understand it, “abuse of or contempt for God or sacred things; cursing or reviling God; contemptuous of something deemed sacred.” To many tongues is sacred. In Acts 2 at that first encounter with public tongues speaking, “Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’” How did these first “Pentecostals” handle it? “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say…” What happened? “…and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” An explanation can go a long way.
This political season is as nasty as it gets. What should we expect from a crotchety cartoonist who has been making fun of everyone he doesn’t like for much of his life? The onus is on us. Will we follow through with an explanation, and also lives of love and power in such a way that our critics will respond as they did with Peter and that first “Charismatic” church; “Brothers, what shall we do?” or will we become political as well and throw some stones at the very people Christ came to save?