In a discussion over America’s founding fathers with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon stressed that all of humanity, including Jesus, was fallible.
On Monday’s broadcast of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Lemon noted that a lot of what Americans learn about history is “propaganda” and needs to be revised, the Washington Examiner reports.
Lemon went on to address the criticisms that were being made over the removal of statutes, including from President Trump, his supporters and some “very well-meaning liberals.”
Lemon proposed that people should take the statute removals into consideration rather than operate out of “fear” that the rioters were taking it too far.
"Why not have the mindset of 'Well, maybe we should be taking down some of these statues?'" Lemon asked.
The CNN anchor then told Cuomo that Americans were deifying the country’s founders instead of recognizing that no human being is perfect. To further his argument, Lemon used Jesus as his primary example as someone who “admittedly was not perfect.”
"Jesus Christ, if that's who you believe in, Jesus Christ, admittedly was not perfect when he was here on this earth," Lemon asserted. "So why are we deifying the founders of this country, many of whom owned slaves?"
Meanwhile, Cuomo, a professing Roman Catholic, stood silently without rebuttal.
The now-viral clip of Monday’s broadcast has been widely criticized by Christians across social media.
Pastor Robert Jeffress of the 14,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, shared his thoughts on Lemon’s remarks on Fox News.
"Don Lemon's comments are, first of all, heretical," Jeffress told Fox News, "and it contradicts the most basic tenet of the Christian faith and demonstrates how tone-deaf the left is to faith issues."
"Our founding fathers, like all of us, were imperfect human beings," Jeffress added, "but Jesus Christ was different than any other man that lived, and as the founder of our faith, he had to be perfect."
The Bible makes it explicitly clear that Jesus Christ was in fact, perfect as He lived a sinless life on Earth (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5; Hebrews 4:15). Understanding the moral perfection of the Son of God is essential concerning His redemption of His people, as all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
The only way for people to be reconciled to God the Father is through His son Jesus Christ “who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
As Christian Headlines previously reported, as of late, believers have been decrying CNN as its news anchors have made comments deemed anti-religious and blasphemous.
In last week’s broadcast of Cuomo Prime Time, Chris Cuomo dismissed trusting in God while navigating through difficult circumstances and urged his viewers to look within themselves for the answers.
“If you believe in one another and if you do the right thing for yourself and your community, things will get better in this country,” Cuomo said. “You don’t need help from above, it’s within us.”
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.