Piers Morgan has been in the news a lot recently. Ever since taking over for Larry King upon his retirement several years ago, Morgan has driven CNN’s flagship series into the ratings abyss. Not only that, but he doesn’t seem to be very well liked for his political beliefs. Sure, he’s a nice enough guy, but his smooth-talking, pretentious liberalism gets under my skin. Apparently, he has gotten under the skin of many Americans. After his comments on gun control following the Connecticut shooting, a White House petition calling for his deportation has gathered more than 75,000 signatures.
Now good ‘ole Piers is at it again. During a discussion regarding gay marriage with famed Saddleback Church Pastor, Rick Warren, on his Christmas Eve show, Morgan suggested that perhaps the Bible should be amended. The following is a portion of the transcript for that broadcast:
“We’re in a modern age where if you start to use that kind of language, if you brand sections of the community sinners because you believe that’s what the Bible has told you to say, you are demonizing these people. And I find that hard to deal with…But you and I know the Bible is, in many places a flawed document…the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned, but they are basically inherently flawed…Hence the need to amend it…My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible….a new Bible.”
Piers Morgan can believe whatever he wants to believe, but his line of reasoning is flawed, which is why he and Rick Warren couldn’t seem to get on the same page during the interview. In his assessment, Morgan is evaluating the Bible as if it is a man-made document, containing all the inherent flaws of such a document. As something written by human beings, Morgan sees nothing wrong with adding or adjusting the text. In fact, he sees a need to amend the Bible, as we amend our constitution. What he doesn’t understand, or is unwilling to understand, is that Warren, and many followers of the Bible, view it–correctly–as an inspired document.
With that, Piers’ argument is fatally flawed. In his mind, followers of the Bible are just like followers of the constitution. He believes that Christians are essentially following some guidelines written by some guys from a long time ago, who seemed pretty smart, but had a lot of issues. He is apparently blind to the fact that throughout history, and up to today, Christians have been brutally tortured and executed for their beliefs. Were Christians following an amendable, flexible historical document, why would they follow it to the grave? Well, it seems that might be over Piers’ head.
My point is this: the debate on gay marriage, and other issues, is as fiery as ever. There are many reasons for this, but I think a major contributor to the lack of understanding on the Left is the fact that they simply do not understand. That seems redundant, but what I’m saying is this: those on the Left, like Piers Morgan, don’t see the Bible as anything but a historical document. Many on the Right, however, read it as inspired, and infallible. Until those on the Left walk in the shoes of Christians, and see the Bible through the eyes of the faithful, they will continue to miss the mark in this debate. Liberals don’t understand Christians because they don’t understand the Bible for what it is.
I’m not sure Piers Morgan is bright enough to ever get it; but hopefully others on the Left can…someday.