There’s a story in the book of John in the Bible in which Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to meet Jesus secretly at night. During their encounter, Jesus tells Nicodemus about his need to be born again, to which Nicodemus responds by asking Jesus if he could re-enter his mother’s womb and be physically born again. Nicodemus obviously missed the point. Jesus was talking about spiritual, not physical, rebirth. Something that co-called conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said the other night on CNN made me think about that biblical story. In fact, she exhibited more cluelessness than did Nicodemus.
She first referred to a statement made by GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz in which he said, “If we awaken and energize the body of Christ – if Christians and people of faith come out and vote our values – we will win and we will turn the country around.” Any Christian (or anyone with any knowledge about Christianity) would clearly understand what Cruz meant, but not secular-minded Ms. Parker. She opened her mouth on national TV and let the world know that she didn’t have a clue. She described Cruz as a ‘scary’ candidate because he was saying that he could win if he and other Christians could raise Jesus from the grave. Really, that’s how she characterized Cruz’s statement. I’m not kidding.
Has she forgotten what happened on Easter Sunday morning? My gosh, we celebrate it every spring. Jesus is no longer dead. He is no longer in a grave. He was resurrected and then ascended to heaven. He is now sitting on His throne and controlling every aspect of the universe. Which part that story does Parker not understand? When Cruz mentioned the “body of Christ,” he was referring to Christians, those who follow Christ. There was no reason for him talk about physically raising the body of Christ, which has already been resurrected. Kathleen Parker is in desperate need of an intervention. Someone who cares about her spiritual well-being needs to take her back to Sunday school.