CBN News and God TV

CBN News used to appear on GOD TV at 10.00 p.m. Indian Standard Time. Now it appears at 11.00 p.m. On some days it does not appear. I do not know why.

CBN stands for Christian Broadcasting Network. I do not know to which denomination the owner belongs. It appears he is not a Catholic.

Recently I noticed many things unchristian about this channel. Pat Robertson’s call for Hugo Sanchez’s assassination was criminal. Many times the channel meddles in politics. It justifies Iraq War. More than 2,000 American marines have died. Secular character of Iraq is destroyed. Fundamentalist Muslims dominate. The channel mostly sides with Republicans.

CBN News can do better. If it gets out of politics it can have wider appeal. It has done well to fight perversities like gay marriages. It should not confuse Christianity with America’s interests, fair or unfair.

Jesus Christ did not show the other cheek

Some Christians say they are opposed to death penalty because they are Christians. There is nothing is Christianity that is against death penalty. Jesus did not preach against death penalty. Throughout centuries many persons were burnt at stakes for heresy. The church declared crusades.

Jesus spoke of forgiveness. He spoke of showing the other cheek when one is struck on one cheek. But he did not show the other cheek when he was struck during the trial by Jewish leaders. He said “If I have said something wrong, show me where I am wrong. If I am right, why do you strike me?”

At the temple Jesus got angry and whipped the merchants. He did not reply when asked what authority he had to do it. He asked a counter question.

Jesus spoke of casting millstones around the necks of people who cause little ones to sin and throwing them into the sea.

Let not opposition to death penalty be linked to Christianity.

Midnight masses

Christians have traditionally had midnight masses for Christmas, New Year and Easter. Some years back the Supreme Court of India banned use of loudspeakers in open spaces between 10.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. The Central Government passed a law permitting such use on 15 days in a year to be decided by State Governments. When the Supreme Court judgment came many churches held those masses at 8.30 p.m. of the previous day. Christians should fight for their right for midnight masses. Those 15 days can be increased to 18 days. Or midnight masses can be held within churches with use of loudspeakers.