This will be my last post dealing with Jerry Falwell… I promise hope. I just had to share one more little tidbit of information.
Tammy Faye called in on Larry King Live to share her feelings about his passing. This is the man who undermined and overtook her ministry, who accused her husband of homosexual advances at a televised press conference, and who refused her many attempts at reconciliation.
Instead of being spiteful or vindictive, Tammy showed the true spirit of Christianity by weeping as she talked about how she regretted that they had never made things right between them. She said she had just wanted to put her arms around him and tell him that we’re all human, that we all make mistakes, and that she forgave him.
I can’t even express how this lady makes me feel when I listen to her. I know she has been such a joke to so many people that most could never take her seriously, but she moves my soul. I wept as I listened to her sentiments, realizing that they were coming from someone who might not be around for much longer. Someone I’ve never met, but will miss terribly.
I imagine that Tammy’s loving words have won more hearts and minds than Falwell’s rhetoric ever did.
Television is enraptured with the legacy of Jerry Falwell (I refuse to call him “Rev.”). Every news channel is featuring the usual suspects extolling the virtues of this man who “created the Religious Right” and stood up for “morality”. One commentator even said that there would be thousands of people in heaven because of Falwell, but I wonder how many people have shunned Christianity and God because of him?
Here are some of the quotes made by this “man of God”, lest we forget:
I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’ (referring to 9/11)
AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals.
Thank God for these gay demonstrators. If I didn’t have them, I’d have to invent them. They give me all the publicity I need.
Jerry Falwell is dead and I can’t honestly say that I’m saddened by the news. He was so full of hate and deceit that the world must certainly be a little better off without his presence.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
– Matthew 5:44
The computer that I read the headline on had a sign hanging next to it with that verse. It gave me pause, as I realized that we all have faults and demons that we have to struggle with and his must have certainly been abominable. Perhaps he is finally at peace, and perhaps we’ll have one less voice of bigotry to contend with.