Doublemindedness

America is struck with a virus far worse than COVID—doublemindedness. America is dumbfounded by doublemindedness. Chicago stands as a great example. Chicago’s gun control laws are among the strictest in the nation, but there have been over 1,000 shootings since the beginning of the year. A week ago, from May 14-17, CBS Chicago reports that “at least 47 people were shot” with six fatalities. To own a gun in Chicago, you need to have a Firearms Owners Identification Card and be over 21 years old. I wonder how many gunslingers in Chicago abide by that. Yet, every week the doubleminded people cry for more gun control when it just arms the lawless at the expense of the law-abiding.

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, an African-American lesbian, has been at the forefront championing equal rights, equality, equity and diversity. In a letter to members of the Chicago news media May 18, Lightfoot wrote: “As a person of color, I have throughout my adult life done everything that I can to fight for diversity and inclusion in every institution that I have been a part of and being mayor makes me uniquely situated to shine a spotlight on this most important issue…I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trial back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically.”

This is the justification Lightfoot is using, in her words, to be “exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color.” That’s right. She is excluding White people from interviews. She says that White journalists covering the Mayors office reflect implicit or explicit bias and she wants to coerce media outlets to hire more women and people of color. So she will deny freedom of the press to White people until their bosses hire more people who look like her. This is doublemindedness. One cannot truly champion equality, by tearing down equality. Just as one cannot champion law and order by defunding police, or champion education by preventing kids from going to school, or championing peace by supporting terrorists. What we see in Chicago is an example of such doubleminded thinking across the country.

Sometimes you just can’t win for losing. Some 300 of Lightfoot’s extreme left base gathered in front of her house over the weekend to protest that she hasn’t gone far enough to defund police, uphold the environment, support Black lives, support the teachers’ union and so on. Former presidential candidate, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, who is pro-abortion and endorsed Joe Biden for president, attacked Lightfoot for her anti-white racism. Doublemindedness is all over the place. James 1:7-8 says, “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; A doubleminded man is unstable in all his ways.” If a majority of a nation is such, and its leaders are such, what can be expected from the Lord? Let us pray fervently against this virus of doublemindedness.

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Bill Wilson

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