Well, Reverend Terry of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, I have news for you. Some Americans exercise their freedom of religion by being Buddists, or Muslims, or by following the Jewish faith, etc. ; and some people don't practice any religion at all. Shocking, I know. And it's protected by the Constitution!
Now, that same day, Sunday, perhaps even while Mr. Santorum was nodding and clapping and following along in a leather-bound Bible embossed with his name on the front, I wrote a post - Christianity, Sarah Palin and Game Change (the movie) - that reveals that I attended an evangelical church for years. I said I understand the language. For the Buddist, the Muslim, the Jew, and most Protestants and Catholics, an Assembly of God church is a foreign place with it's own language. The messages are for "the chosen." So I don't expect a lot of people to share my understandings.
If you've not been among the chosen, you've probably not been privy to prophecy by one of today's prophets. Oh, yes, evangelicals absolutely know there are still prophets walking the earth. In fact, in the comment thread of the post Christianity, Sarah Palin and Game Change (the movie), a troll left a link to a prophet's message. I kid you not.
To understand today's politics, it can help to walk a mile in the boots of the born-again American, and have a prophet talking in your ear. So I've prepared a sample message for you, written as if from a self-proclaimed prophet. Want to play along?
Ok, so, you are on the e-mailing list of an evangelical ministry. Let's say it is one based in Texas. They send you lots of stuff - usually testimonials of miracles, scriptural references to support their positions on abortion, healthcare, gays in the military, and usually they want you to send some money to help them take a stand to save America.
Before you begin this "urgent message" I'll make this disclaimer - this is not real. I am not a prophet.
The "prophecy" below is long, but it's important to stick with it to the end. You will be rewarded. Honest.
Now, because this is strictly fiction, I get to make it about Sarah Palin. Besides, using her name works best for this message. Better than Romney, or Santorum, or Obama.
Pastor and Prophet, S. Fox
I made this up, but not out of whole cloth. The email above was actually written and sent out in 2008. It warned Christians that if elected, Barack Obama would be the most ungodly president ever. That's right - Barack Obama. I simply replaced his name with that of Sarah Palin to make my point. Then I replaced Joe the plumber with Sandra Fluke and inserted Tea Party, Republican men, etc. Makes the point pretty well, wouldn't you say?
Really, now, which of these two, Sarah or the President, has attacked viciously and stirred up a spirit of violence "unlike anything we've ever seen before." Maybe you'd want to ask Gabby Giffords, or even David Letterman.
So much for the prophetic abilities of Steve Foss, Steve Foss Ministries, Keller TX. But you know, I'll bet that after that email went out, his ministry got lots of donations from people who carry guns, hate our African American president, and in 2012 are supporting new restrictions on voter eligibility in minority areas.
I would be remiss if I did not thank the troll who left a link on my previous post, leading me to this awesome "prophecy" which she/he thinks "proves" that Sarah Palin is godly and President Obama is "the most ungodly president America has ever had."
Really, troll, you are a hoot. I could never make this stuff up.