I clicked on a link to this video expecting a pile of smarmy, Paul Harveyesque sighing and throat-clicking. But, I’m amazed. And delightfully so. Sure there’s a point or two I might quibble with, but overall this is a very, very good commentary.
Christian protestors shout down a Hindu prayer in the U.S. Senate on Thursday in the odd belief that the gods of others are stronger than their God.
Watch what happened here:
This is another example of the modern American version of one branch of Christianity that elevates form over substance. No matter which direction the protestors would have come from to get to the Senate this morning, they would have passed a number of homeless persons, more than a few households with single parents who are out of food with two weeks in the month to go, a rest home or two where there are residents who haven’t had a visitor in months, and many other opportunities for service. Any one of the many, many churches they passed could probably have pointed them in the direction of a specific need.
But, to do that, they would have had to get their hands messy. They might have had to be exposed to lower-class smells, or be in a building where there were STDs, HIVs, or AIDs. And Jesus wouldn’t want that for them, would he?
No. Their Jesus wants them to be afraid, make noise, and stay clean. And then he wants them to stop at a Christian gift shop on the way home and buy some plastic baubles to wear around their neck or tie to their rearview mirrors so the world will know where they stand on the issues!
Here’s the prayer they were afraid of: “We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the Earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds. Peace, peace, peace be unto all.”
Frightening, wasn’t it?