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Dan Savage is the founder of an anti-bullying campaign known as It Gets Better. Recently, Savage was invited to speak to several thousand young journalists who were present at a conference in Seattle sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association. It was naturally assumed that the topic of the remarks would be bullying, which has become such an increasingly disturbing issue in our culture.

It became obvious, however, that Savage intended to address another subject. “I hope you’re all using birth control,” he said as he began to speak. After that, Savage related several stories about his husband and assured the students that, if his husband were to join him on stage, they would not be able to pull him off of his partner.

The tone of the speech became even more vicious as Savage started cursing as he made reference to the Bible. For example, he declared: “We can learn to ignore the b***s*** in the Bible about gay people.” And using the same phrasing, Savage referred disparagingly to the Bible’s teaching on slavery, menstruation, virginity, and several other subjects. Nothing had been said or done to spark such an outrageous commentary.

Personally, I think that the remarks of Savage amount to nothing of consequence. This was nothing more than a man who hates God shaking his fist in God’s face while thinking he was making such significant points. A couple of passages in Scripture came to mind as I heard the story. The first was Psalm 14:1 “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.” In an effort to escape the accusations of God’s Word, men like Savage are forced to attack the concept of God and righteousness. They find some perverted solace in raving against that which emphasizes their sin.

The second passage presents a response from the God that Savage hates so bitterly: “He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them.” (Psalm 2:4) Savage is no threat to God, but is just another foolish man whose behavior verifies the teaching of Scripture concerning fallen humanity. Consequently, God mocks the pathetic example of an enemy ranting against the standard by which he is judged now and in the world to come.

Although Christians are rightly disgusted by this performance, we should have a measure of pity for a man like this. And we should be humbled because we know that without the grace of God we would be in the same condition as Savage. There is nothing for the believer to boast about when it comes to our deliverance from sin. Savage happens to speak louder and more vigorously than other sinners, but the root cause of such perspectives is one we all share. We can only thank God for his merciful condescension to us in Christ our Savior.

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Due to the death of dictator Kim Jong-il, we have had a rare glimpse into the culture of North Korea. The degree to which this man was able to shield his people from the world is astonishing. Reports indicate that the people are almost completely unaware of major events, technological developments, and geopolitical situations. And even though this leader had a history of abuse, while he himself lived in opulence, the reaction of the people when he died would lead us to believe that Kim Jong-il was one of the most beloved heads of state in all of history.

Images of citizens morning the passing of Kim Jong-il are informative. There has been much weeping, wailing, and emotional excess in response to the death of the great leader Comrade, as he was known. In September, however, more than 40 human rights groups launched a campaign calling for a United Nations inquiry into the “crimes against humanity” perpetrated by Kim Jong-il. To the detriment of his people, he continued the policy established by his father of putting the military first when it came to the nation’s resources regardless of the humanitarian consequences. The people of North Korea live in chronic poverty. Detractors are imprisoned in camps where they must exist in the most miserable circumstances. Those who have managed to escape tell stories of deliberate starvation and torture.

The situation in North Korea illustrates how effectively an entire nation can be manipulated to revere and even worship someone distinguished by wickedness and disregard for life. During the approximately 40 years that this man ruled the country, he was able to convince the people that he was a god and that they lived in an earthly paradise. The people have been trained to view the rest of the world as opportunistic enemies.

Kim Jong-un, the son of Kim Jong-il, will replace his father. As it turns out, apparently you can fool all of the people all of the time.