I can’t even believe this, it is so antithical to any Christian beliefs, but, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, in his twisted version of God’s will, chose to grace us with this verse from the Bible at a Congressional Prayer Service held on Tuesday January 4, 2004.
First some context before DeLay’s wonderful interpretation and his outreach to humanity…
The Prayer Service was held at a Church on Capitol Hill. The initial prayers were for Bob Matsui and Shirley Chisholm, both Democratic members who are recently deceased. There followed scripture readings, claims from a few of the members of Congress as to the Christian foundations of the US (although a majority of the Founding Fathers were Diests) and prayers for the victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Then DeLay (who btw is subject to a potential indictment for ethic violations) got up to speak.
“A reading of the Gospel, in Matthew 7:21 through 27.
Not every one who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?
“Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, you evil doers.'”
Everyone who listens to these words of mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man, who built his house on a rock:
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, but it did not collapse; it has been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine, but does not act on them, will be like a fool who built his house on sand:
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, and it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
He finishes reading and sits back down.
Is this what the neo-Christian right in America really believes? If not, a strong denunciation of DeLay would be in order. I have heard many calls by fundamentalist Christians to Muslim Americans to denounce Fundamentalism. It is time for good Christians to do the same to the Pharasies who inhabit the positions of power in this nation and spew vile hatred in the midst of mass human tragedy.
Or perhaps DeLay believes the hurricanes in Florida were God’s will and it was in retaliation for the corruption stemming from the 2000 election… doesn’t sound too good when the shoe is on the other foot does it?
Of course, they will argue that isn’t what he really meant, but it is hard to discern any other meaning from these statements.
The most encouraging aspect of this of course is that not everyone feels the same… in today’s Globe & Mail, a Buddhist Temple in Vancouver, BC is selling their temple and donating all the proceeds to the Red Cross. As the temple’s spokesman puts it “they don’t need the real estate to practice their religion, “we can have a temple of compassion instead.”
Someone could use a lesson in compassion evidently.Powered by Sidelines