If ‘our lord and savior’ can be credited for a football win, what happens after a loss? Bronco’s quarterback Tim Tebow is known to pray before and after his games, making Jesus his 12th player. Yesterday it all came to an end when the Broncos lost badly 45-10. Apparently Jesus had better things to do.
Then there is the infamous ‘Hail Mary pass.’ Further, NASCAR racing often begins with a prayer, yet not every race is without accidents and injuries. Many southern high school games begin with a public,which, some argue, violates the public/private display of religion.
The right-wing of the GOP commonly calls for prayer in the classroom, believing that such an action will help the children become better and more decent students. Yesterday a group of oh-so righteous conservative Christians [an interesting oxymoron] threw their support behind the ‘best’ Christian in the GOP race in an obvious attempt to stop that Mormon from winning in South Carolina. They believed that Jesus would like Santorum much more than Romney. Another Hail Mary pass.
I find it fascinating that some people seem to know the mind of God much better than others. It’s as if these people have some direct line to the Deity. Maybe they have a Jesus App on their IPhone. How is it that certain people know what God ‘thinks’ while the rest of us get a busy signal? Of course, there is a long list of charlatans and frauds who have pimped both God and Jesus for financial gain, while preying off of the gullible, the weak and the vulnerable.
I wonder about today’s youth and the Jesus movement. There is a clear disconnect between the words attributed to Jesus and those of the evangelicals and fundamentalists who base much of their doctrine on the myths and legends in the Old Testament. How do, for example, 21st century high school and college kids reconcile the ‘love one another’ teachings of the New testament with the hate, sin and exclusivity expounded in Deuteronomy and Leviticus? How are these two distinct and contending views of the human race to be interpreted? Surely not with the insipid line, ‘hate the sin, love the sinner.’ Gag.
In the perennially confusing and always-connected teen world of the 21st century America, one wonders how these youngsters will interpret the ‘teachings’ they find in the OT Bible. Maybe they will find them terribly irrelevant to their lives. That would be a ‘blessing’ for sure. Let the old ones, long-steeped in the ugliness of the OT Bible, cling to their out-dated set of beliefs which, hopefully, die with them and will be buried in the same dirt pile.
At that time, only the ‘Love one another’ will resonate with this new generation- something that is sorely needed and a great motto for our nation.