Matt Walsh: A Good Christian or Name Calling Bigot?

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh

I recently read an article written by Luke Simmons titled, “Why Matt Walsh’s Blog is Bad for the Soul“. Mr. Simmons criticizes Walsh for a few reasons.

His first point is “Walsh’s writing lacks the fruit of the Spirit, especially love.” Mr. Simmons uses these three scriptures to make his point:

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5 ESV)

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Mr. Simmons failed to cite any specific words used by Walsh but simply commented that “his tone” “lacks the fruit of the Spirit”. One reader commented asking for specific words Walsh used for him to come to this conclusion. Mr. Simmons updated his blog with this:

UPDATE: One reader wondered if I could cite any specific examples. Here’s one: In a recent post titled, “Police officers aren’t the ones destroying the black community,” Walsh criticized somebody as “a ridiculous fool,” “a liar,” and “a lunatic” with “an enormous dose of idiocy.” This name-calling is mean-spirited and harsh.

Notice how Mr. Simmons accuses Walsh of criticizing “somebody”? Well, he really didn’t. I made a comment and left this response:

Mr. Simmons, you updated your blog to respond to the reader wanting examples of Walsh’s “hate speech”. Here’s your update:

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UPDATE: One reader wondered if I could cite any specific examples. Here’s one: In a recent post titled, “Police officers aren’t the ones destroying the black community,” Walsh criticized somebody as “a ridiculous fool,” “a liar,” and “a lunatic” with “an enormous dose of idiocy.” This name-calling is mean-spirited and harsh.
— End Quote —

I don’t have a problem with your opinions about Matt Walsh, other than you provide no context to the quotes you ascribe to him. Context means everything. In that light, here’s some context to Walsh’s words.

First off, Mr. Simmons, you’re either lying, being willfully ignorant, or you didn’t read his entire comment when you claim that “Walsh criticized somebody as “a ridiculous fool”. His actual comment is “But whether he is or isn’t, only a ridiculous fool would use this incident, or an incident like it, to disparage all police officers everywhere.” He didn’t call anyone a “ridculous fool”. He stated that only a ridiculous fool would jump to conclusions without facts, which happens to be an absolute truth.

Second, you say he called someone a liar. The word “liar” appears one time in the blog post. Here’s the context”

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Enter Mark Lamont Hill, who took to Twitter to share this insight:

“A Black man in America is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes. THAT, not rioting, is domestic terrorism…”

His numbers might be accurate, but what sort of lunatic or liar would interpret them this way?
— End Quote —

Walsh appears to be on point. Mark Lamont Hill is either a lunatic or liar in his interpretation of how many black men are killed by police and calling it TERRORISM. So Walsh correctly says this interpretation contains “an enormous amount of idiocy”, which it actually does. Notice Walsh didn’t call Hill an idiot but his interpretation as idiocy.

To summarize, Walsh called no one any names. He called their bloviating, nonsensical conclusions names. HUGE DIFFERENCE! The closest statement he made in which you can claim he called names is asking “what sort of lunatic or liar would interpret them this way?” He leaves the conclusion up to the reader to decide what type of lunatic or liar that person may or may not be. He infers and it’s clear he believes Mark Lamont Hill to be some type of lunatic or liar to some degree but he doesn’t actually call HIM either name.

So now I will do what Walsh did. I’m going to call your conclusions on Matt Walsh ridiculous and absurd. I don’t know you and this is the very first article of yours I’ve ever read (that I know of). I don’t know if you, yourself, are ridiculous and/or absurd but I can say, with much clarity, that your conclusions, in my opinion, are both.

Context means everything, Mr. Simmons.

I won’t go over all of Mr. Simmon’s points on Matt Walsh but one other charge he inferred was that Walsh doesn’t handle his criticisms in the Christ like manner. Mr. Simmons cited the scriptures already quoted above, which taken without the context of the rest of the Christ’s teachings, makes complete sense.

The problem is, Christ wasn’t a delicate flower that only spoke of love and charity. When Jesus was among the people, he was often approached by sincere individuals seeking to better themselves and become followers. Jesus was compassionate and kind, forgiving their sins, on the condition that they sin no more, and showing a great amount of love to these people.

Matt Walsh

Jesus Clears the Temple

Christ, however, when confronted with the church and political leaders, whose purpose was to trip him up or try to confound him, spoke harshly, calling names and lashing out. These people were not seeking His Kingdom. He knew their intent. And he responded harshly, cutting them to the bone, and laying waste to their miserable souls. Here’s some examples:

Matt. 7:4, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Matt. 15:7, “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8 ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.” 9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”

Matt. 23:13, “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from men; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

Matt. 23:15, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites…”

Matt. 23:16-17, “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.’ 17 “You fools and blind men; which is more important, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold?”

Matt. 23:23-24, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”

Matt. 23:25, ““Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”

Matt. 23:27-28, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 “Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Matt. 23:29, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”

Matt. 23:33, “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell?”

Mark 12:38-40, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places, 39 and chief seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at banquets, 40 who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.”

Luke 11:39, “You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?”

Luke 11:43, “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the front seats in the synagogues, and the respectful greetings in the market places. 44 “Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”

Luke 11:52, “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”

Luke 12:1, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”

John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father…”

John 8:49, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.”

John 8:55, “and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I shall be a liar like you, but I do know Him, and keep His word.”

Perhaps Mr. Simmons should read his Bible and know just how harsh Jesus spoke to those who sinned with little or no interest in changing their behaviors. When dealing with those actively tearing down long standing Christ-like principles for no other reason than to make their sins seem reasonable, sometimes a well aimed baseball bat upside the head is the only way to get through.

Remember, love the sinner. Hate the sin. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to speak with power and authority to those willingly leading God’s children down the path of eternal destruction. Sometimes “please” and “thank you” doesn’t get the job done.

I am a Matt Walsh fan. Matt Walsh calls a spade a spade and doesn’t worry about the whiny leftists when he speaks out. We need more men and women like Walsh. Men and women who will speak the truth and take the heat from those who don’t want to hear it.

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About Layne Mangum

I'm a white, old, man who will not succumb to the political gerrymandering of our great American political system. I'm conservative. I'm traditional. I'm no where in the vicinity of your lefty version of how I should or should not talk. I tell it like it is, from my point of view. If you have a different view, make a comment and let's discuss it rationally. If you start calling names, your comments will NOT be published. Keep it civil or stay away.

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