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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Are There Any Conservative Preachers Who Are Ready To Replace Jon Stewart?

Thursday night, August 6, was a sad night because it marked and end and the beginning of a loss.  Jon Stewart ended his tenure as host of The Daily Show. What Stewart brought to the comedy of the show was a certain humility. But what he continued was partially the speaking of a prophetic message. It was prophetic in that it criticized those with wealth and power and those who visited injustices on the vulnerable, Stewart was telling society's leaders as well as society itself where it was going wrong. And he would even do that to Israel.

No, speaking prophetically in part did not make Stewart a Christian. But the fact that he is not a Christian while speaking prophetically shames those who are Christians and refuse to do the same. Not that such Christians will even admit to feeling such shame, they are too busy feeling proud while anticipating the sky falling from the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. And here, I am specifically talking about my fellow religiously conservative Christians. For all too many of us, we have stubbornly chosen to live in a small world after all. That is how we like it. It keeps life simple and while life is simple, we can rely on our sincerity to be vindicated. But more important than that, it greatly limits the number of people are able to interrupt our lives.

I do not know what to expect from the new host of The Daily Show. Yes, he will most probably speak prophetically at times like his predecessor. But he cannot replicate the trusted relationship that existed between Stewart and those who appreciated him. And it will be difficult to see if he will be able to approach his job with the same humility that Stewart display. But for as long as he speaks prophetically to those who manage and benefit the most from the status quo, he will be providing a service which few, if any, conservative Christian speakers I know of are trying to provide. So perhaps, if you are a religiously conservative Christian who agrees with my assessment here, please do all you can lovingly do to encourage and challenge the conservative Christian preachers and teachers you know to start speaking prophetically about societal sins that oppress the vulnerable. In the meantime, I am keeping this post short for health reasons.


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