An Excellent Spirit has written about Roger L. Simon and PJ Media on many occasions. Here. While An Excellent Spirit is unabashedly conservative, we are even more committed to Jesus Christ as the Lord of All. We do not know what beliefs Mr. Simon entertains or holds in the area of spiritual. We know he is a Jew and that is all. Nevertheless, Roger Simon is a thinker and writer of great influence, persuasiveness and a prophetic voice to America and Israel. His latest PJ Media piece, “Mind Your Own Beeswax!: How Social Conservatives Can Win By Losing” is a fine example of clear thinking and inspired writing. We highly recommend that you read it all. Simon begins with this self-evident statement. “Hypocrisy is rife in American politics, particularly on the Left.” Then, he continues, stalking the “right” as well. “But the Right is guilty of its own kind of hypocrisy. It’s interesting how some of those who most vociferously object to government interference in our economic affairs are most desirous of government interference in our personal ones. I’m referring of course to social conservatives, who want to legislate our morals and values according to their views.” Emphasis ours. There, Simon has done it! He has offended the people that can brook no offense! He has criticized Our Lord and Savior. He has trashed the social conservatives or the religious right or the values voters or all of the above. For this offense, Mr. Simon will surely be consigned to hell or whatever he believes is the worst possible end. There will be boycotts, angry rebuttals and rage in response to Roger Simon’s intemperate diatribe. But not by An Excellent Spirit! An Excellent Spirit read a little further. “To be clear, I am quite sympathetic to the social conservative argument on abortion. Life, it appears to me, does begin at the moment of conception. (I can’t think of another time.) And at whatever phase of pregnancy an abortion occurs, a choice must be made between human lives, a horrible, and perforce immoral, situation.” Okay, that is a little better. We might not want to read Simon anymore, but hell might be a little much for his terrible offenses. The problem with Simon is revealed by reading a little farther, “I am less sympathetic to the social conservative position on same-sex marriage, which seems to me a civil rights issue. But hold your tongues (and you blog comments) for a moment. Arguing my positions on these issues is not my intention here. My point is: The social issues, whatever your position, are best dealt with outside the governmental realm.” That is heresy! Any Christian and most right thinking Jews will tell Simon that it is our way or the highway! We cannot and must not compromise with the secular world, the humanists and the demonized “progressives”! Right? Simon says, wrong! “I am less sympathetic to the social conservative position on same-sex marriage, which seems to me a civil rights issue. But hold your tongues (and you blog comments) for a moment. Arguing my positions on these issues is not my intention here. My point is: The social issues, whatever your position, are best dealt with outside the governmental realm.” The more Simon talks, the closer to hell he comes! This is not only heretical, it is false, legalistic and just plain prohibited by the Bible! To which, An Excellent Spirit asks, “where is it prohibited by the Bible?” The problem with “us” (we at An Excellent Spirit are “socially conservative”; we vote our values and we most certainly fall on the right and are religious) citing the Word of God as our justification for the condemnation of Roger Simon (or anyone, for that matter) is that The Word became flesh and dwelled among us (John 1:14) and when He, The Most High God, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked on the earth prior to His death, Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. (Matthew 7:1-6) Now that is cause for pause. I mean, the Word almost seems to be on Simon’s side! As Riley once said, “What a revolting development that is!” The reality, as Simon notes, is that “we” are losing on these issues; “we” lost the Election and have, by so doing, unleashed a torrent of abhorrent socially conservative values and actions unlike anything seen on the earth to date; and “we” must do some things differently or be guilty of insanity (doing the same things and hoping for a different result). Oh! And we must remind “us” all that God never loses! He is Omnipotent (All Powerful) and Omniscient (All Knowing) and Omnipresent (Everywhere, at once and at the same time). So, Roger Simon or not, Billy Graham or Pat Robertson or not, God is the same to all men, yesterday, today and forever. An Excellent Spirit does not know if Roger Simon knows any of this. What we know is that Simon has some opinions and conclusions that “we” should consider, not condemn or consign him to eternal damnation for holding. God will not hold it against “us”! He might even speak to “us” if we question Him and ask Him for His answers. Perhaps “we” should put Simon’s words and advice to that text. “I realize this is an unattainable goal and that government will always intrude in our private lives to some degree, but we must fight against it as much as possible for several reasons. To begin with, social conservatives will be vastly more successful at having their views accepted if they make their case extrinsic of government. Don’t believe me? Well, most of us remember “Mind your own beeswax!” from grammar school. That made an impression for a reason. People resent intrusion in their private lives to the extent that they often will do just the opposite of what was sought or recommended.” It does not say that directly in the Bible, but it is most probably inherent in most of what Jesus said. He condemned cities, towns, doctrines, but rarely people. God’s children spend entirely too much time worried about the speck in others’ eyes and hardly any time dealing with the plank in their own eye. Simon has more. “Generally, people don’t want anonymous others, folks they barely know, the government most of all, telling them what to do about matters that are extremely personal. They would prefer to hear that from close friends, family, clergy and healthcare professionals they know and respect. Wouldn’t you? This is a great part of the explanation for why the Republican/conservative side lost in the election, although the popularity of the pro-life position has grown considerably since the 1970s. Democrats may hold the nanny state prize for our economic lives, but Republicans were given the nanny state prize for our private lives. We are the busybodies. Unfair? Sure, because we’re really not, at least not most of us. But the perception is real, especially among women. The rise of the bogus women’s issues during the campaign around such absurdities as free contraception (how about free cigars?) were made possible by this same perception. Republicans have been losing the (majority) women’s vote for years and it is only going to get worse if we don’t take the social issues off the table and put them back where they belong — at home.” Simon’s points have merit, but An Excellent Spirit sees something else: God does not need a single one of “us” to defend Him or take up His cause. Ezekiel 36 tells us: “Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!” While Simon has a mostly libertarian position on abortion, that is where “we” can help him. Issues of life and death are issues of God in the here and now. God is the author and giver of life and God puts life and death before “us” every day and tells us, “now, therefore choose life”. (Deuteronomy 30:19) Compromise or equivocation on the issues of life and death, therefore, can only result in God’s judgment and our condemnation by God. Where we believe that Simon is right is on the issue of gay marriage. No Christian can justify a redefinition of what God has defined as marriage. That said, God never said to codify marriage into laws giving permission or license to do what God ordained as the primary societal unit: a man and a woman becoming one and cleaving one to another to glorify God and raise up children as disciples of Jesus Christ. The fact that men make laws by which men agree to be governed (in the USA, for now) or men impose laws upon those not as powerful as them (almost everywhere else) cannot change the fact that the Earth is the Lord’s, all of it and every person and thing on it is His! Thus, God has no need of us, our laws or our opinions. He has spoken and He will not relent, take it back or change. He has no need of us to defend Him or His Words or His Will. He will do it. What “we” must do is know Him and know His will for each one of us and do that as well as we can. That means that we leave the things of the world to Caesar and to Caesar’s God and God will take it and “us” from there. Much simpler and a whole lot more peaceful. That is what we wish President Obama had done. Instead, looking at a close Election and betting that his approval of same-sex marriage would not hurt him in the black communities (he was right!), the President did what no one should: disagree with God!
President Barack Obama – The First “Gay” President
Nevertheless, An Excellent Spirit has some agreement with Simon. While we can never consent to vote for or support any marriage but between a man and a woman, and while we must remain free to oppose the breaking up of the family, the manner in which we do those things should be re-examined by us. As Simon says, “But even so, social conservatives would be well advised to approach this in the same manner as abortion — that is, take marriage away from the government. It’s a sacrament, after all. And, while no Christ Centered Christian can take Simon’s advice to “(l)obby for all adult couples, no matter the sex, to have one-on-one government civil unions with the same legal protections” each one of us, as our conscience directs should pray about our votes and our responses to the assault upon marriage. Our churches, synagogues, and other similar institutions could perform the marriages, according to the predispositions of those institutions. There would be no imposition of mandates or orders from the government about what the church or any Christian must do. It would be up to the institution and, where appropriate, to the individual. As Simon writes, “Some would be same-sex, others not. Individuals would be free to follow and acknowledge whichever of these institutions and ceremonies they wished. Marriage would be outside the government. I know this is a crazy libertarian idea that seems impossible to accomplish, but is it? Whatever the result, in a system like this, those opposed to same-sex marriage would have more fecund ground to make their case — the realm of the familiar, voluntary and private, the realm of the religious and spiritual.” An Excellent Spirit has said all this because what Roger Simon has said has more than a little merit. Held up against the Word of God, Roger Simon appears to be no more nor less pleasing to the God Who created all of “us”. That said, the fact is that Roger Simon is on God’s side in many of his political observations and positions. On Israel, on freedom, on truth and many more, Roger L. Simon has been tried in the balance of the words he has written and the works he has done and has not been found wanting by God! Simon concludes his piece, “ Of course, my overall intent here, no matter what your attitude toward marriage or abortion, is winning in the larger scheme of things. The continued alienation of women — the largest voting bloc in our country — in the last election from the Republican Party has dangerous, even perilous, implications. It’s time to consider doing an end-around. I would like to see the social conservatives win at least one part of their argument. But they can help us win the larger economic and foreign policy arguments that seem particularly ominous at this moment, even threatening to end our country as we know it, by taking their issues off the political playing field. And, ironically, they can win friends and influence people, as the saying goes, in the process.” There is more than a little truth in these last thoughts of Simon and “we” Christian, social conservatives or whatever “we” are should at least pray about what Simon has written and ask God what He would have us do. One thing An Excellent Spirit knows, “we” were not created to lose, neither have “we” sinned so grievously as to be punished by God exalting those who hate God above “us”. “We” were created to win! God said for “us” to take dominion; to subdue the world under His peace and grace and to usher in the Millennial Rule of Jesus Christ. Nowhere does any of that mean “us” losing! Keep the faith! God will not be mocked. Man will reap what man sows! (Galatians 6:7)