Culture

God’s Will as Something to Laugh About

(MSNBC screengrab via YouTube)
Stephanie Ruhle is the latest bigot who can’t help herself.

President Trump’s decision to appoint Larry Kudlow director of the National Economic Council was a big deal for free-market conservatives. The administration is not just picking up a competent policy wonk with significant experience and instincts in macroeconomics, but also adding a five-star talent in messaging and communications. As the vast majority of Americans are free-market-leaning, one could argue that the battle of public presentation is the need of the hour (versus, say, the Sandinista wing of the Democratic party, as manifested by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Bill de Blasio, and Kamala Harris). Coherent articulation of a market-driven prosperity message has been Kudlow’s bread and butter for most of his adult life. President Trump needs him. America will benefit.

Of course, to take this position with the president, Kudlow has to leave his day job. Giving up his 20-plus-year job at CNBC was not easy for him (I know this firsthand), and when one makes a decision to leave a job, to change careers, to enter government service, to alter one’s lifestyle so dramatically, if one is a person of faith, it may behoove him to seek the will of God before doing so. For some of us Christians, may I dare say it would be wrong not to seek God’s will in such a decision? Here was Kudlow on CNBC Wednesday:

The last 25 years of my life has been tied up with CNBC, which changed my life, changed my profession, and it’s been a family to me, and, however this thing works out, it will be God’s will. If there’s an opportunity when my service is complete, I hope very much to come back and help CNBC. It is my family, and it has changed my life.

For people with just routine levels of courtesy, good will, and basic societal respect, is not this at least mere vocabulary — an admirable pursuit or, at worst, a harmless one?

Not so for the latest left-wing Manhattan extremist who holds the mentality and internal convictions of over 100 million Americans in utter contempt.

Stephanie Ruhle of MSNBC had this to say the following day:

“If you noticed when Larry Kudlow spoke on CNBC yesterday, he ended by saying, ‘However things work out, it will be God’s will.’” After laughing out loud, she added: “That’s an interesting way to talk about being the national economic adviser to the president, God’s will?”

She closed with another sarcastic parting shot:

“Well as Larry Kudlow says, it’s God’s will.”

Larry Kudlow said what a man of deep faith, sobriety, and wisdom ought to say.

One would think most legitimate anti-God, anti-faith secularists would be disappointed that Ruhle chose such a silly case to let her discriminatory bigotry pour forth. Larry Kudlow said what a man of deep faith, sobriety, and wisdom ought to say. Whether it be prayer, Bible reading, counsel of friends, quiet meditation, advice from spiritual mentors, or any other common method of obedience to the idea of seeking God’s wisdom, provided to us hundreds of times in the Bible, the formulation Larry Kudlow offered is something every believer of the Christian faith in America identifies with when it comes to a big decision. His comment was introspective, existential, personal, and not remotely related to any policy decision. And of course, Stephanie Ruhle knows that. She didn’t believe Larry meant more than he said; what he said was laughable enough for her — because the basic idea of transcendent truth and wisdom is laughable to her. It is at the very heart of the left-wing media’s contempt for the American people and the values, traditions, and norms that serve as our foundation.

There is no reason to overthink what a struggling anchor has to say about the high-profile Larry Kudlow. Humanistic elitism is not new, and if anything, the Joy Behars (though she at least can’t be accused of uttering her bigoted ignorance for clickbait) and Stephanie Ruhles of the world can be congratulated for occasional bouts of accidental transparency. Ruhle’s mockery of Christian faith is one step in the march the secularists intend for American life, a godless and faithless (and I assure you, hopeless) one. It does not stem from a desire for humanistic rationalism, one in which people would make better career and family decisions because they reject seeking God’s will. Rather, her comment was an attempt to sway the national conversation by mockery. If you can’t beat ’em, make fun of ’em.

MSNBC can do better. I hope they will seek God’s will for what to do with Stephanie Ruhle’s employment.

David L. Bahnsen is the managing partner of a wealth-management firm, a trustee of the National Review Institute, and author of the book, Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It.

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