Is it just me or is Howard Dean certifiably crazy? I mean, regardless of what he says, I’m likely not going to vote for a Democrat (thinking about not voting period this year) but its like every time he opens his mouth he’s a liability for his party. For someone as smart as he allegedly is, you’d think he could keep the gaffes to a minimum.
On the Geopolitical front, it appears as if the Israelis are going into Lebanon instead of just lobbing bombs at them. That’s a good thing, because the bombs are doing little against hezbollah. It really is going to take a ground invasion to root this thing out. Its too bad that Lebanon didn’t have a strong enough military to do this themselves though, cause its gonna be bad PR for the Israelis. I pray for peace, but not for faux peace created by politicians, but realy lasting peace that God can bring.
Sometimes I turn on TBN or the 700 club just to see what’s going on in the world of crazy christianity. (I’d like to call it something else, but nothing comes to mind).
The other night, I was watching one of the many Christian stations in Nashville when a feature came on starring an african american lady. She began her story talking about how poor she was and how she was watching Oral Roberts on television. He mentioned in his show that the Holy Spirit was a He. Apparently this struck said lady so much that she decided to call the prayer line. I’m not sure why the HS’s gender struck her so much. I was always under the impression that it was gender neutral, being as its not a human, but whatever works for Oral I guess.
Long story short, she talked to a prayer partner and they gave mailed her some pamphlets from OR that explained step by step how to receive the Holy Spirit. Once again I learned something new, apparently if you follow the directions carefully the Holy Spirit will enter right in, but if you don’t know the code, he just kinda floats around. After following the instructions carefully, said black lady was very excited because she received the Holy Spirit. What did this Spirit tell her to do? SEND ORAL ROBERTS MONEY!
Well, they don’t call it money on that broadcast. I think they called it a “seed gift” or something to that effect. I’m sure you can guess what happened when she “planted” the seed right? Yep. You guessed it. She just randomly graduated from college and got a job. The holy spirit apparently sent her a diploma in the mail and sent her resume to some jobs. Anyway, she continues to give more money to Oral Roberst ministries ( isn’t he dead) and of course she just gets more and more money from the Holy Spirit.
These kind of things make me angry. I feel like they are so misleading, and really kinda fraudulant. Sure, we receive more than we give, but what we receive is not necessarily monitary. Sometimes, its part of what the bible likes to call “eternal life” or “life to the full”. God knows that money will not make us happy (despite what Oral Roberts and friends will tell you) but he knows that living a life where you aren’t so concerned about your own desires as with helping others will bring you joy.
Now, back to watching sportscenter.
Andrew Sullivan directed me to an article about a new Left Behind video game. You know, the series of Christian books about the rapture? Well, a new game is coming out in October of this year. You can check out the articlehere. I do warn you, this will most likely make you angry. I dislike those books enough because they are just downright bad theology, but this game takes it over the top. The players are in new york city, where people are rioting and buildings are burning (some smoke coming from tall buildings) and the object is to convert people and then, I kid you not, shoot them if they don’t convert. And to top it off, after you kill the infidels (you know… catholics, buhddists, muslims, etc) the character yells “PRAISE THE LORD” Oh yeah, Rick Warren is involved in this too. Wonderful.
Excuse me, while I throw up.