Ann Coulter and Perfected Jews

Posted: October 16, 2007 in Celebrating Diversity, Christianity, Judaism, Politics, Religion

Perhaps you’ve heard about the big hullaballo wherein Ann Coulter is being flambe’d in liberal circles for have the insulting audacity to suggest that Jews needed to be perfected.  {{insert Obligatory Shocked Gasp}}.  Now, as a stand up comedienne, and as an ascerbic and bombastic editorialist, Ann Coulter is all that and more.  As an evangelist or exegetical teacher, she obviously needs some work.  Her basic facts were correct, but her clumsy delivery made it difficult to see.

The simple reality of it is that Christianity IS about being perfected.  It is about taking what God started in us, and allowing Him to finish it, not by our works, or by The Law, but by His grace and unfailing work IN us.  Not by what we are doing, but by what HE is doing.  Thus Ann, while attempting to be tongue in cheek with her “fast track” remark, was stating the view that the Jews still labored under the Law as their path to righteousness, whereas we (as Christians) live under the redeeming grace of Christ as our path.  In effect we aren’t saved because we obey the Law, we obey the Law because we are saved.

In Galatians  Chapter 3:

Gal 3:2-3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being  -perfected by the flesh? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

This letter to the Galatians was meant as a rebuke to those who were seeking a return to a works-based faith, attempting once again to use obedience to Talmudic law as the path to salvation.  Paul reminds them that their salvation was by faith, not works, and to not seek to finish with human endeavors that which can only be accomplished by the Holy Spirit. 

And later on:

Gal 3:29 – And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

According to the writings of the New Testament, Christians are also Abraham’s descendants, like the Jews, but we are his by adoption:

Eph 1:4-5 – For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will…

…by the grafting in of the vine, as reflected in Romans Chapt 11, written by Paul, a (now Messianic) Jew:

Rom 11:13-17 – But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles.  Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen (the Jews) and save some of them…

If the first piece {of dough} is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,

Jews are the firstborn, the favored ones.  Gentiles (non-Jews) are the adopted children.  They are the first piece (of dough), we are the lump added later.  They are the rich root, we are the grafted branch.  But if you’ve ever seen a tree with a branch grafted in, after a while, you can’t even tell where it happened, for the tree brings the new branch in, feeds it, helps it to grow.

Heb 12:22-23 – But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of {the} righteous made perfect.

If fact, Ann misspoke.  Christians are not perfected Jews.  Christians are Jews who are being perfected, by the works of the Holy Sprit in our heart’s and lives.

Rom 4:13 – For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Gal 2:21 – “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness {comes} through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

Phil 3:8/9 -…so that I may gain Christ and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from {the} Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which {comes} from God on the basis of faith,

Christians believe that God’s Law was meant to bring us to an awareness of sin, and that only the sacrifice of Christ Jesus for those sins can bring redemption.  The law is meant to show us the NEED for a Savior, not to BE the Savior.

Rom. 3:20 – because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law {comes} the knowledge of sin.

Ultimately, under the redeeming blood of Christ, we lose the distinction between Jew and Gentile, Arab, Greek or Anglo, we all become one:

Gal 3:28 -There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

To me, that’s the ultimate kind of embracing diversity.   The only really meaningful kind.

So, I suggest Ann Coulter stick to political/social commentary and leave evangelism of the Jews to those a little more, shall we say, qualified.

Or work on her delivery.

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Comments
  1. madmonq says:

    She could use a little more smackdown than that, but nicely done anyway.

  2. bgraef says:

    Ann Coulter is right…….and shes direct.
    Good of her to disturb the antichristian media snakepit once in a while. And all those liberal church phonies who just pretend to follow the most controversial man in history.

  3. Steve B says:

    I don’t worry too much about Ann Coulter, because I see her as a comedian more than anything. Most of her articles read like a transcript of a stand-up routine. She’s essentially a shock jock, and that’s about all the real credibility I give her. But, she does have quite an audience out there, so her words tend to travel.

  4. bgraef says:

    I dont think you think shes funny. You cringe because she’s dangerous to the weenie liberal philosophy.

  5. madmonq says:

    bgraef.

    Can you explain why you think Ann Coulter’s comments are 100% correct? How does your philosophy lead people to Christ?

  6. Wadical says:

    Ann Coulter was baited. If you watch the interview, you can see that guy wiggle the worm on the hook…constantly tugging her in the direction of having to admit that it is the Christian intent to spread the gospel of Christ.

    It is unpopular to say in certain circles ie; on TV, but Christians believe that if you are without the salvation of Christ, you are hell bound. That is Biblical. That is Gospel. That is fact. He tested her faith and she stood on it. To say anything else would be heresy as far as a Bible believing Christian is concerned. Christians love the Jews. Our savior is a Jew and we want desperately for them to see him for the prophecies he fulfilled. He is the messiah, and while we wish to share that gospel with the Jews, we do not wish to force it upon them. If you get right down to it, they believe the same thing. If you’re not Jewish, you’re not going to heaven. We all believe we are right. That’s why Universalism and Unitarianism is so popular with the media. Because it doesn’t offend any other’s sensibilities. It is non-intrusive, non-offensive, and non-evangelical. It is lukewarm, feel good, non-committed, non-consequential crap! But Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe that their way is the only way to heaven. If I tell you that you are going to hell if you don’t have Christ’s salvation and you don’t believe me…..then why the hell should you care? Why would you be offended? I don’t come to your dinner table and make you pray. I don’t come to your house on Sunday and drag you to church. I don’t shove a bible in your book bag when you’re not looking. Either accept what I offer or reject it, it is your right, but don’t challenge my right to offer it. If you choose not to believe it, it should be no different to you than someone selling girl scout cookies or Kirby vacuum cleaners. Get over it, already. But the liberal media will do anything to discredit, including trying to upset a long sought after harmony by purposefully pitting Jews and Christians against one another. It is despicable. I wouldn’t have used some words like….”fast track to heaven” as she did because it makes Christianity seem uncommitted and shallow. But I defend her gumption to stand up and say what needed to be said when it was asked of her.

  7. Steve B says:

    I too appreciate her gumption. But for an accomplished writer, I just wished she’d stated her position a little better.

  8. trm1 says:

    I love Ann so much she could have spent thirty minutes cursing my family name, while smashing a menora with a crucifix, and then taking the crucifix to the recycler…

  9. madmonq says:

    http://anhonestdebate.com/category/anti-semitism/

    A christian who disagrees with her nasty disposition.

    http://jezebel.com/gossip/the-jezegay/ann-coulter-is-nothing-but-an-awesome-fag-hag-305720.php

    Her fanbase, apparently. It should encourage Christians as to the integrity of her words.

  10. Steve B says:

    Ann Coulter is just Rhandy Rhodes, but from the other direction. No better, no worse, execept that I tend to agree with more of her points than I do Rhodes!

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