Sunday, August 26, 2007

War and Peace

I should have seen it coming. Today's music and lessons were full of things to make old hippies mad. We even sang "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." I forgot how much Charlie dislikes anything that hints of militarism. Too bad that the Bible is full of that kind of stuff, and Charlie admits that our human nature loves war. In today's sermon, we again ignored the gospel lesson for subject material. Episcopalians don't want to hear about the narrow door, not being let into the kingdom, and the first being last. Instead what we really want to hear about is "the Republicans are the party of war and the Democrats are the party of peace." At least that's what I heard. And what about "We do not come here to have our prejudices and biases blessed." Excuse me? I think I just heard a bit of blessed bias coming down on me. And then we were treated to "prayerfully consider the presidential candidates." With that kind of build up who would dare pray for one of those war mongering Republicans? This sermon was too long (22 min), too biased, and I am afraid it was too patronizing (to our Democratic congregants). I hope this sermon doesn't make it into the mainstream press (although I saw at least one member of the press in attendance). I felt like the picture on the right hand side of this blog of the solitary pewster until I heard those around me say "Amen" and "Thank God" at the sermon's close.

7 comments:

  1. Dontgothere4:48 PM

    Pewster thou doth protest too much, methinks.

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  2. You only protest too much if you plan on leaving the church. If you intend to stay, keep sounding off, keep to your conviction.

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  3. I'm reminded of an old story:

    One Sunday morning, the Rector noticed little Alex standing in the narthex, staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names with small American flags beside each name.
    The Rector walked over and said "Good morning, Alex."
    Alex replied, "Good morning. What is this?"
    The Rector replied, "It's a memorial plaque to all the young men and women who died in the service."
    After a bit of thought, young Alex asked "Which service? The 8:00 or the 10:30?"

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  4. Another issue for consideration:

    Our beloved Rector might want to look at the Episcopal church in Pasadena CA (in +Jon Bruno's diocese)which continually promotes liberal causes and Democrat politics from the pulpit. The IRS is presently seeking to revoke their 501(c)3 for violation of Federal rules prohibiting any political comments from the pulpit.

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  6. It is a good and joyful thing therefore that our services are not broadcast on the local cable channel lest the IRS get a record of political preaching from our pulpit

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