The Lord's Name in VainDecember 06, 2005
Commentator Molly Ivins has written a provocative piece about the dangers of politicians claiming to speak for God: WorkingForChange-Impersonating the Lord. Here are a couple of excellent highlights:
"I think it's a big mistake for us to go around putting our own puny interpretations on stuff that happens and then claiming the Lord meant thus-and-such by it. It is my humble opinion that some folks should do a lot more listening to God and a lot less talking for Him."
"Some Christians seem to me inclined to lose track of love, compassion and mercy. I don't think I have any special brief to go around judging them, but when the stink of hypocrisy becomes so foul in the nostrils it makes you start to puke it becomes necessary to point out there is one more good reason to observe the separation of church and state: If God keeps hanging out with politicians, it's gonna hurt his reputation."
Amen! I just wish that Christians would recognize what is happening and be willing to take to task these politicians who use the Lord's name in vain.
Thanks to Bruce Prescott at the Mainstream Baptist blog for pointing this story out (Mainstream Baptist: On Political Corruption and Prayer Breakfasts).