Here I thought I had coined another new word but I Googled it and found out a Christian minister had written a sermon about it way back in 1883. It appears to have fallen upon many deaf ears unfortunately because many of the same ails he speaks of are still prevalent to this day and have been pervading their way into politics and other aspects of life.
Comments from the Thursday, September 13, 2001 edition of the ‘700 Club.’
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way–all of them who have tried to secularize America–I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.
Do you know, shortly after that broadcast took place back in 2001 I was a regular on a local area email group for Pagans called Circle Chat and I called attention to the above quotes as they were making the rounds big time all over the internet at the time. I was berated, by Pagans no less, for taking to task, this man, for having the audacity to lay at our feet, along with many others, the blame for the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.
Now, I wasn’t raised going to church but I was raised by a family that considered themselves Christian and followed the teachings of Rabbi Yeshua Ben Yosef, more commonly known as Jesus Christ. My grandparents were regular church goers and had many Christian themed works of art adorning their homes. One notable object that sticks in my mind was a simple granite shard from the local tombstone maker’s shop that simply said “God Is Love”.
This was the philosophy that my grandparents lived by and was their take on what Jesus was all about. Remember those WWJD bracelets that were all the rage some time back? What Would Jesus Do indeed? Based on my readings of his teachings I would dare guess something along the lines of turn the other cheek or he who is without sin cast the first stone perhaps? But not, let’s look for who to blame this on first!
Somehow, I just don’t see the Jesus depicted in the scriptures of the Bible (choose your favorite translation) doing things like picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers a.k.a. Westboro Baptist Church or campaigning to put In God We Trust on money or insert it into the Pledge Of Allegiance. Prior to the 1950s folks those things weren’t there. Look it up! They didn’t teach that in public school history in Texas. I learned it afterwards. Imagine that? Well, bless their hearts. 😉 Actually, the puritans who first colonized America thought it blasphemous to put God’s name on money and understandably so. After all, hadn’t the good Messiah chased the money changers out of the temple? Was the love of money not the source of all evil?
These are the things of Churchianity. Churchianity is about power and dominion over others. It’s about imposing the will of the Church and the men who run it on others whether they happen to be members of the Church or not.
I have long been a fan of the concepts of freedom and democracy. Democracy, by the way, was born in Ancient Pagan Greece. I have no interest in living in a Theocracy even if it were a Pagan Theocracy. History has shown us that when the power of religion and the power of state are in the same hands, terrible, awful, horrible things happen. So why are so many these days marching to the drums of people who would lead us down that road?