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January 2016 Brief: Volume 23, Number 3

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Should We Judge Sinners?


by Dr. Jerry Hopkins


We are living through a critically dangerous time when many things are being redefined. Our leaders are not living up to their oath of service. For example, our President has said that he cannot deal with illegal aliens regarding the rules of immigration, yet he does so through an executive order giving millions of blatant, criminal illegals official status. Our elected representatives have not opposed him or challenged him in any effective manner. He has become “a law unto himself” and does whatever he wants to do, no matter what the Constitution or our agreed upon laws demand. There is no standard of judgment. To this point, even the Supreme Court has not challenged him. He doesn’t even agree with his own prior opinions or live up to what he has confessed or argued in the past. Our President is not alone in this and our day is not necessarily unique in this dilemma.

This awful situation has slowly developed across several decades as we have embraced and applauded the flawed and failing behavior of many famous and not-so-famous people. We have honored and refused to “judge” those who have sinned grievously. We have believed their lies and refused to hold them accountable. Not only have we embraced them, we have paid them and complimented them, praised them and promoted them. Think about those we have not only tolerated, but exalted and rewarded politically, financially, and historically – Elvis Presley, Joseph Stalin, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Mao Zedong, Elton John, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson, and Barack Hussein Obama. Even now there are those in academic positions who refuse to acknowledge the wrong in many because they are ideologically sympathetic to such leaders. Totalitarians and dictators can often do some good for some people and thereby find approval and applause in those actions and attitudes.


We have come to overlook the lying, the cheating, the deception, and the waste in many leaders because they are likeable people. No better example of this is Bill Clinton in the political arena. His sexual immorality and wrong behavior have been excused and even rewarded by many who should know better, but who refuse to embrace traditional morality. President Obama has not been held accountable or opposed in his unconstitutionality and lawlessness. He was elected to further racial harmony and peace, but instead he has used his position and power to promote racial division. He has ignored radical racism on the part of Islam toward Jews, yet has applauded and praised Black racism while hastily condemning whites as guilty victims. As I have often stated in the past, racism is wrong whether it is black or white, Jewish or Arabic. We must embrace this truth from the Bible, that God “has made of one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26).

We are going through a period when even traditional marriage is being changed. A new definition of marriage and sexual morality is being developed. For centuries marriage has been determined to be a special relationship between a man and a woman. There are many fundamental reasons for this position – the physical differences between a man and a woman; the purpose given by God in His creation; the reality of procreation. What has brought us to this awful place with the terrible consequences we are witnessing? We have refused to judge and challenge the moral failures and flaws of the Michael Jacksons, the Bill Clintons, the Adolf Hitlers, and the Mao Zedongs in the world. We have refused to hold them accountable for their immoralities, their unethical behaviors, their evil deeds, and abuses of real people. God is now sending to us judgment. “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:24-25).


Our community conversation must now begin to talk about how these times are going to impact our individual and family lives. We are going to have to demand that our Representatives and Senators (both state and national) address these problems dealing with redefining life and critically important experiences.


Dr. Jerry Hopkins is a history professor at East Texas Baptist University and a free-lance columnist living in Marshall, TX. Contact him at


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