A wise man once told me that “the things that irritate you the most about other people are usually things that you yourself do.” I have tried to apply this as a “rule of thumb” as to how I look at other people when judging their behaviors and belief systems.
Ben Ferguson, a conservative talk show host in Memphis Tennessee recently produced and aired a segment belittling Mitt Romney and disparaging the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I read the various commentaries about this segment I thought of the Savior and His defense of the adulteress that was brought before Him for Judgment. As the scribes and Pharisees stood before the Savior He said; “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her1.”
There is hardly a more elegant or straight forward doctrine set forth by Jesus Christ than this. What He meant was, be careful how you judge because there is something in your own life that may open you to the same judgment. When you consider this teaching and the above mentioned rule of thumb Mr. Ferguson and any like him may want to think twice before criticizing any belief system. Whether that belief system is political or religious we will have many that fear, misunderstand or think it is outright insanity. There are numerous people that are uneasy with Mr. Ferguson’s way of thinking. I read many of them on line after I Googled his name.
I defy you to find any religion or political system that doesn’t have its share of detractors or critics. You can find fault with any group of people because we are just that, people with short comings and failings. There isn’t a religious organization on the earth that doesn’t teach some point of doctrine that someone will find strange or even outright bizarre.
My biggest issue with Mr. Ferguson’s segment is the mocking way in which he approached it. Instead of presenting the questions in a dignified and professional manner he asked leading questions that showed his obviously biased attitudes. If he wants to earn the respect of journalistic community and the general public he may want to step back and think about how he presents himself. How would he want his belief system presented?
I welcome being asked honest and sincere and even probing questions about what I believe and I enjoy discussing the beliefs of others. Mr. Ferguson however did himself and his network a great disservice by the unprofessional and biased manner in which he approached his subject matter.
1. John 8:7 KJV