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How Can You Disagree with Jimmy Fallon?

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My wife and I were watching Jimmy Fallon the other night, and we briefly touched on the topic of his latest child, and in particular, on the fact that she was carried through pregnancy and born via a surrogate mother, rather than Fallon’s wife. My first thought was not so much on the rightness or wrongness of surrogacy, but the on the bald fact that Jimmy Fallon is “cool.” And because he is so very cool and funny, how can you disagree him, if you’re inclined to do so? I mean, to disagree with such a cool person about his choice to use a surrogate has to be “hateful,” “judgmental,” “idiotic” or just “not cool.” And that’s the point. “Coolness” trumps just about everything. Katy Perry is lauded and praised for saying that she kissed a girl and she liked it. It’s “cool” because, well, she’s cool. The merits don’t come into it. Jon Stewart is cool, too, and thus, many young people take their cues from him. For to be uncool is to be unenlightened, unkind, uncaring and wrong, no matter how good one’s reasoning might be. The power of cool is overwhelming in our culture today, an almost unstoppable force. There’s no need for “big brother” to watch over our opinions when we can be “cool-shamed” – to use one pundit’s term – into celebrating, or at least being indifferent toward, things that don’t warrant celebrating.

At the end of Psalm 139, King David says some things to God which we would generally avoid saying. He says that he hates those who hate God. Indeed, he says that he hates them “with complete hatred.” He considers them his enemies. He asks that God would slay the wicked. What are we to make of thoughts like these from “a man after God’s own heart?” What’s more, what are we to make of the fact that they are part of the Scripture? Are they supposed to illustrate for us how not to feel about wicked men and women who despise God and who “speak with malicious intent” and “take [God’s] name in vain?” Are they just showing a certain raw emotion in King David? What do they tell us about God? We know they must tell us something, for “all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” David’s words here must be profitable toward this end as well. Perhaps they convey to us that there is indeed real rebellion and contempt for God in this world, and in truth, it is ugly and wicked, and God has a holy hatred of sin for the way it tarnishes and blunts His glory. So too, then, do those who have God’s heart feel a similar impulse and desire for the vindication of God’s name in the face of the wicked. It reminds us that God’s love is not merely sentimental, and His holiness and purity are of inestimable worth.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

February 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

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