Remember the old morality tale of the scorpion who asks a frog for a ride across a raging river? The frog balks, thinking that the scorpion will sting him. The scorpion assures him of his good intent, but halfway across he stings the frog. Just before they both slip below the water to their deaths, the frog asks the scorpion why he would do such a thing, knowing he would die too. The scorpion replies, “I am a scorpion. It’s in my nature.”
In that vein, I am not surprised by Larry Flynt’s latest abomination. The purveyor of smut and degradation, now running for governor of California, has declared August 5 a “national day of prayer” ... for the slow, agonizing death of Fox News TV host Bill O’Reilly.
It is in the nature of evil to portray evil as good and to pervert good to evil’s service. And so, I’m not surprised by the gall of this man to pervert the good of prayer in a mockery and to use it to wish evil on someone else.
I think the best response would be for us all to pray for Larry Flynt and Bill O’Reilly for their conversions of heart.
(N.B. I don’t agree with a lot of what O’Reilly has said, especially in relation to the Scandal. But of course, I don’t wish evil on him either.)