Wednesday, October 6, 2010
"G" is for God, What must He think?
Some people do immoral, illegal and definitely cruel things in His name, and they really believe He told them to do these things or that he would actually be pleased with their behaviour. There are other people that take His word, verses from The Bible, and pick out single sentences using them out of context, twisting the words around to make them fit their cause. And there are others that remind me of young kids playing in schoolyards, because they haven't grown up or matured enough to be able to interact with others without situations escalating out of control. These people and situations really make me angry and sad at the same time.
There was an Oprah repeat on the other day about a man named Tony Alamo. He honestly believes that he is God's prophet and that He speaks directly to him. He had a ministry with his wife, which seemed more like a cult, until she died. He placed her body on a table in their home and had his parishoners pray over her for six months. He said that God told him she would rise from the dead, be resurrected. She didn't, but for some reason the people still followed him and "his word" anyway. Alamo had many "spiritual" wives that he wasn't legally married to, some of them were as young as eight years old when they had their "unions". A few of those brave young women were on the show. They escaped from the compound, spoke out and he is now serving an over one hundred year sentence. These women said that he told them that God spoke to him and told him who to marry and when. The idea that some people think and believe that God speaks to them is not a new phenomenon, it has happened before and someone else will convince others that its true again. Being a Christian this concept really bothers me, but the seriously disgusting and blasphemous thing about it is that this guy has sex with, rapes little girls and believes that God told him to do it and actually approves of his behaviour. That's not the God I know.
Then there was the pistol-wielding preacher from Florida, Terry Jones, that wanted to declare September 11th of this year, nine years after 9/11 the "International Burn a Koran (Qur'an) Day". Another piece of work. When I first heard about it I thought it was some sort of a joke. But then an image of the Pope came on the television and the news anchor said that he and other religious leaders from around the world were very disturbed by his plans and begged him to put a stop to them. But he wouldn't be swayed. Eventually someone got through to him and the event was cancelled. I actually said out loud "What is wrong with this person?" while I was watching the story. This guy is a Preacher and wanted to burn a book that is just as sacred to Muslims as The Bible is to Christians. These people that profess to be Christians yet turn around and behave so intolerantly aren't pleasing God. Do people not take the idea of "The Golden Rule" seriously anymore?
Other situations that I wonder what God would think about are the story's of people like Bethany Storro, the girl that threw acid on her own face yet blamed it on a fake African-American woman and Ashley Kirilow, the girl that faked having Cancer on Facebook and bilked caring and compassionate people out of close to $30,000.
I just find myself wondering what this world is coming to and what can be done about it. If everyone thought and cared about other peoples feelings, beliefs and opinions as much as they think and care about their own, would be a really good start. Don't you think?