Lilly Diabetes – a company that provides options and resources for diabetics—planned to sponsor three drivers in a NASCAR race in Wisconsin this week. It revoked its sponsorship of one race driver because of a “racially insensitive remark” allegedly made by his father in 1980! The father denied being the source of the remark. San Diego U-T, 8/25/18. Note: that remark was apparently made in 1980—38 years before! Note also: it was the driver’s father, not the driver, who supposedly made it.
Why do American manufacturers flee terror-stricken—run scared—from comments spoken by a citizen speaking his piece 38 years ago? Then punish the man’s son by withdrawing sponsorship of his race car? Which, by the way, didn’t keep another firm from sponsoring him?
Isn’t 38 years too long to hold a grudge? And isn’t it a fallacy to punish a son for the possible wrongdoing of his father? How can we claim to be so mature and so tolerant of different views, yet be so easily offended by “politically incorrect views?”
It’s disgusting that a statement made 38 years before should punish the person NOT GUILTY of saying it. That’s guilt by association, the very charge civil libertarians make against law-enforcement personnel in ethnic communities. Yet, the very same people are demanding that judgment 38 years later.
That isn’t the worst of the hypocrisy. The very people loudest in condemning the 38 year old remark, because it offends their values, every day hear, and very likely use—the name of both God the Father and his Son Jesus in profane ways! How can they be so insensitive when hearing and using the name of the Great God and his Great Son blasphemed minute by minute—yet be so sensitive to an apparently racist remark a generation ago?
We have a nation of loud-mouthed profaners of God in Christ, who feel no guilt. Who make a fine distinction in their defense: they have a right to free speech when they profane God’s Name, but no one has the right of free speech to make racial comments about anyone else. We dishonor God but honor each other! We conveniently substitute political correctness for morality. Thus, we’re guilty if we say something unkind about each other but guiltless if we profane Almighty God! Jesus correctly said we accept praise from others but we don’t have the love of God in our hearts John 5:41-42.
Nevertheless, God will not forgive those who use his name profanely, vainly and carelessly. He will not forget those who so casually exalt themselves and unceremoniously dismiss him as an irrelevancy.