Updated: Dec 23, 2021
My wife was a priest. She died. I still monitor her Facebook page. Many of her “friends” are priests. Some of the ones most vocal lately have been priests who were seminarians when my wife was, as members of her graduating class. They are obviously Donald Trump haters. I kept seeing them posting about a “never been opened Bible” and a “Bible should never be used as a photo op” and I had no idea what they were talking about. Then, as I scrolled down, I saw one had posted of Donald Trump standing outside a Washington D.C. church, holding a Bible in his hand. I put two and two together and come up with the conclusion that that was what they were complaining about.
I saw news on television, a glance, that seemed to say the church was vandalized by rioters last night. Maybe I am wrong? Again, it glanced by on TV. I was not paying close attention. If I was, I would be filled with hate and take to the streets too. But, I try real hard to let my enemies be my enemies without thinking about them … a much as I can. People calling themselves priests, based on that being on their resume as a job title they hold, and preaching hatred of half the United States of America – the half they do not agree with – is why this country hates so much. If you want to protest, riot, burn, loot, then quit your job as a “priest” and take a stand for what you believe in. That apparently isn’t preaching the meaning in the Holy Bible. By not doing that, one could claim you have never cracked open a Bible and every Sunday you just use it as a prop. I watched an episode of The Simpsons Sunday evening. It was the first episode of that show I have seen in many years. The theme was Christianity.
The episode was called Warrin’ Priests Episode 2.
Looking back at it now, it was prophecy. It speaks heresy; but then, I read heresy coming from the fingertips of men who claim to be so righteous they can throw fuel on a race fire, just to watch the flames go higher, laughing as they say, “I may be white, but you can’t blame me for being a racist.” That is religious ‘racism’, in the sense that the definition of “racism” is: “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different RELIGIOUS race based on the belief that one’s own RELIGIOUS race is superior.” I know Jesus spoke about people talking about the speck in the eyes of others, when they can’t get the timber out of their eyes. He also told the leaders of Jerusalem that they use the Law to blame others, when none of them actually followed the Law. That tells me that Christianity in America is nothing better than was Judaism run by Pharisees (et al).
Let me add this. It is not just the priests. I see people calling themselves “Christian” spitting the venom of hatred on Facebook, calling Trump’s “photo op” “just terrible.” So what? You see, this is what separates a true Christian from a normal, run of the mill pagan-Gentile-sinner: A true Christian knows the world is a bad place, full of sinners; all others are the ones calling each other names, killing one another, stealing from one another, wearing masks as premeditated criminals not staying at home in fear of a virus (rather than being a bald-faced criminal who is too emotionally distraught to realize his picture is picked up by facial identity cameras), and those sitting in their comfortable home offices [or wherever] spewing judgment against the ones they hate [without the need for news being shared], like God made them His right hand man. Playing God on Facebook [or anywhere else] is the true meaning of “Taking the Lord’s name in vain.” People break that Law every day: Thou shalt not play God in some attempt at vanity.
R. T. Tippett