With the passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell I've been dismayed to watch so many Conservative Christians attempt to "honor" him without doing something to indicate they agreed with Falwell on anything. Meanwhile on the left, many are celebrating Falwell's passing and others, while not so quick to celebrate a man's death simply mock him. That is why I'm thankful for folks like Ann Coulter who has the courage to say what so many others are afraid to say directly, or at all; Jerry Falwell was a great man. As usual, Ann even takes it to the max:
"Let me be the first to say: I ALWAYS agreed with the Rev. Falwell."
Dr. Falwell has had a tremendous impact on not just our nation, but the globe through his help in reinvigorating the influence of evangelicals and Conservatives in the political sphere as well as through the impact of his biblical teachings and foundation of Liberty University. While I never had the privilege of meeting the man in person, but I know many who have and have been forever bettered by the experience.
While the left continues to spew venom about how Falwell "hated this" and "hated that" I encourage you to remember the example he st for us in his relationship with sex industry mogul Larry Flynt. Here was a man that had wronged Falwell to a degree that most of us will never experience. Between the public humiliation Flynt doled out and the resulting multi-million dollar lawsuit if Falwell had reason to "hate" anyone, it was Larry Flynt. But instead, Falwell made a friend from an enemy. Here's what Flynt said upon Falwell's passing:
"I hated everything he stood for, but after meeting him in person, years after the trial, Jerry Falwell and I became good friends. He would visit me in California and we would debate together on college campuses. I always appreciated his sincerity even though I knew what he was selling and he knew what I was selling."
I hope that we can all learn from the example that Falwell lived out; standing by principal, living out our convictions and doing so in love. I'm with Ann and I mourn the passing of a man of incredible conviction and impact.