Saturday, May 31, 2008

Yes -- I'm Going There...

Because as of Friday afternoon, I haven't seen anyone else going there.

There are few topics I won't normally discuss on this blog -- and politics is one of them, but I'm SOOOOO going there right now. Actually, no. I'll be setting the whole political rhetoric aside, if that's at all possible, and I'm going to try to play nice.

Okay -- so I'm sure by now you have all heard the audio (either on TV or radio) of Father Michael Pfleger speaking about Hillary Clinton at Obama's church (delivering a Sunday morning SERMON, no less). If not, you can read about it HERE, or go see it on You Tube HERE. Stop rolling your eyes. I'll repeat -- this will not be a political discussion.

I'd like to focus specifically on what Father Pfleger said (you can read it in paragraph 7 of this blog) because I will not repeat what he said on this blog.

Have you caught what has me in an uproar??? Yes, an UPROAR?!?

No? Then let me share the one question, that in my humble opinion, BEGS TO BE ASKED. Apart from the whole inappropriateness of any and ALL of his remarks ... apart from the whole political overtone ... apart from the cruel and mean spirited, mocking and pompous tone (coming from a priest, for crying out loud) ... apart from the fact that I'm a really conservative republican and this man is a blazing liberal ... does anyone have a PROBLEM with a PRIEST saying the "D" word from the PULPIT??? In a CHURCH??? HELLO!!!??? And he wasn't saying it to refer to condemnation in hell -- and NO, I'm not typing the word out for you -- after all, this is a family friendly blog.

Seriously -- when did that become OK? Acceptable? Is no one but me shocked?

I know that a building does NOT make a church, but when I walk into our sanctuary, I consider it to be Holy Ground, where I will be worshiping the Creator, the Healer, Abba Father, the Almighty. WORSHIPING. And LEARNING. And PRAYING.

Furthermore ... and, YES, I'm getting testy right now ... why were the members of the congregation standing up and lifting their arms in the air as if they were in worship and raising their Bibles in the air in agreement? What is that? Who or what exactly are they worshiping? And then, the the person that introduced him said, "we thank God for the messenger, we thank God for the message..." What message? What "Sunday Sermon?"

Put aside that he ripped into Hillary. Put aside all political feelings. As a Christian, I am insulted that a priest -- a person who publicly claims to be a man of God -- would speak like that from the pulpit, and not see anything wrong whatsoever with what he said.

Obama's response? He is "...deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger's divisive, backward-looking rhetoric..." HELLO?! Who CARES about divisive, backward-looking rhetoric? Father Pfleger claims to be a part of the "faith community" and a priest in a Catholic Church. There is more to be disappointed about than just divisive, backward-looking rhetoric.

What is wrong with this picture?

Ick. I need a shower.


Barbara H. said...

Amen, sister! Though I am conservative and independent Baptist rather than liberal and Catholic, I think these principles cross denominational lines.

Barb said...

The man is a travesty. And his following is practically a cult, he has so brainwashed them.

I hope he sleeps well at night in his new multimillion dollar home, the one his brainwashed congregation built with their tithes. The level he's brought hypocrisy to is unbelievable.

LvlyRita said...

My great disappointment is in how Senator Obama can say he doesn't agree with the comments, yet has had known both Father Pfleger and Rev. Wright for 20 years! Sat in the pews and listened to the sermons. Can't imagine how it's possible the subjects preached from the pulpit has not affected him. Every pastor I submitted to, listened to and prayed for, has influenced my thought life.

It makes me sad and ill that so many are in agreement with these men. I guess, though, that in such an emotionally charged moment it's easy to cheer for things you may question later. But, it's an idolization of men that causes such problems to go unchecked and unchallenged.

Christy said...

And who keeps taping these rants? We were listening to Rush L yesterday and he was talking about it. He encouraged them to quit taping them or just shut up for the next several months till the election. Let's go one step further. How about they shut up for good! What kind of example is that of the church?
It's no wonder non-Christians have such a slanted view of Christianity! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Bethany said...

Yes, I agree it is a complete disgrace. I'm no Hilary fan, but the things being said about her are horrid. It's things that shouldn't be said! And I am SICK of it!! I can't think of anything that has made me feel as sick to my stomach in awhile!

I completely understand you going there.

Shalee said...

I'm with lvlyrita (and the others). These are not the first times that these words have been spoken from the pulpit. They have been influencing and tainting people for years.

What is even more disconcerting is that Obama, rather than trying to change/encourage/influence his minister, is jumping ship. Instead of sticking it out, he's giving up on them, renouncing them all and moving on to a "better" politically correct scene. Were he to be President, what does this say about his ability to deal with things when the going gets ugly?

I do pray for this country and its leadership, but I also know that God is in control. He'll put whoever he wants in that office, even if it's to teach us a lesson or to discipline us as a society to turn people back to him. Look at the Israelites. 400 years in slavery before they started to call on him. I hope we don't have to go that far before people change their hearts.