Ann Coulter is a conservative American political columnist and author. She makes her living doing speeches and writing books presenting her conservative political philosophy – and she is very successful at it. Overall, I, personally agree with a lot of what she says. However, she is one of those people who expresses her opinion in very controversial ways in order to get a lot of attention. She is also very good at that. And while I do agree with a lot of her opinions, I am not particularly fond of her style.
Ann has a new book which was just released and, as with many authors, wants to get as much publicity as possible. Since she is already well known, she is able to get interviews on many of the national news and political TV and radio shows. Recently, she was on the CNBC show, The Big Idea, hosted by Donny Deutsch. On this show an exchange took place between Ann and Donny which was very revealing. I will not put the entire article here, but will put in the first part of a Fox News report on the exchange.
Slash-and-burn columnist Ann Coulter shocked a cable TV talk-show audience Monday when she declared that Jews need to be “perfected” by becoming Christians, and that America would be better off if everyone were Christian.
Coulter made the remarkable statements during an often heated appearance to promote her new book on advertising guru Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show “The Big Idea.”
In response to a question from Deutsch asking Coulter if “it would be better if we were all Christian,” the controversial columnist responded: “Yes.”
“We should all be Christian?” Deutsch repeated.
“Yes,” Coulter responded, asking Deutsch, who is Jewish, if he would like to “come to church with me.”
Deutsch, pressing Coulter further, asked, “We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians?” She responded: “Yeah.”
Coulter deflected Deutsch’s assertion that her comments were anti-Semitic, matter-of-factly telling the show’s obviously upset host, “That is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews.”
I’m not sure Ann expressed her theology the best it could have been done, but I do deeply appreciate the fact that she is a Christian and that she is unapologetic about that. She actually put forth a pretty decent witness for the faith. What is incredible to me, though, is the response of the show host. And this response gives us a tremendous glimpse into the mindset of the politically correct point of view of modern American society.
The point in the article that really jumps out at me is Donny Deutsch’s incredulous response that Ann Coulter would dare believe that all people should become Christians. Since Deutsch has no thought of trying to persuade Ann to become a Jew, we can deduce that encouraging people to convert from one belief to another is not an important matter for him. This would be a classic postmodern response because of the belief that there is no such thing as a belief system which is objectively true. Postmodernism asserts that any belief is okay if it suits the individual. It is possible for one thing to be true for one person and something else entirely different to be true for another. So, when Coulter maintains that all people should turn to Jesus Christ, it is a huge shock to Deutsch.
Think about it. What does this say to Christians who believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God? What does this say about the Biblical teaching that God is an actual person who set up a particular way for mankind to receive salvation? What does this say about what is necessary for us, as Christians, who have been commissioned by God to share a witness, if we wish to share our faith with people who have this postmodernist mindset?
We live in a world where political correctness is not only annoying, it is in violent opposition to our Christian faith and witness. And there is another dirty little secret that is often overlooked. There are many Christians who have bought into this way of thinking. Yes, there are many people who claim to be Christians who believe that it is alright for other people to hold other beliefs as long as they are sincere.
From a worldview perspective, we know this is wrong. Even more than that, it is impossible. It is impossible for two contradictory beliefs to be right at the same time. They can both be wrong, but they can’t both be right. In this case, it is impossible for Jesus to be the only way to God and for every sincerely held belief to be valid, both at the same time. At least one of them is wrong.
We will not be able to do an in depth analysis in this article related to postmodern beliefs. But can make a couple of summary statements. Objective evidence for the truth of the postmodern point of view is non-existent. Postmodernism rests entirely on the opinion of the individuals who hold it. It is basically the belief that, “It is true because I believe it is true.” There is no other authority that can be put forward to support it.
On the other hand, the evidence for the truth of the Christian faith is profound. Without going into great detail, there is evidence such as: our life experience matches up with the teachings of the faith, the human person matches up with what is asserted in the Bible, the evidence for the accuracy of the Bible is strong, there is strong evidence that Christ was who he said he was, there is strong evidence of the truth of the Biblical text in extra-Biblical writings, there is strong archeological evidence for the accuracy of the Bible, there is strong evidence that Jesus was actually resurrected from the dead, and the list goes on.
If we are interested in being faithful to the commission our Lord gave us to spread the gospel to every person, we are going to have to be willing to stand up to the politically correct assaults on our faith. But we can’t do it by simply asserting that our position is right with nothing to back it up, as the postmodernists do. We have to go one step further by learning to give a reason for the hope that is within us. We have to be able to express why we are right and they are wrong. This is the genius of understanding worldview.
We really do live in a politically correct world which sees our Christian faith as politically incorrect. If we understand the issues of faith in the context of worldview, we have put ourselves in a position to share a credible witness with those who would try to squelch us. Donny Deutsch and his ilk are dead wrong. There is something that is objective truth – God’s revelation of himself in Jesus Christ. We can be confident in that and boldly stand up for our faith, if we make the effort to learn our foundation.
© 2007 Freddy Davis