Sunday, October 16, 2011

Will Anita Perry Please Quit Dishonoring God!

Wherever Anita Perry goes to church this morning, I hope the text is Matthew 5:11-12.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

According to the Charloette Observer, Mrs. Perry is a bit less than joyful when she asserts that her husband has been "been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press" along with other Republicans "because of his faith."
Speaking in Tigerville, S.C., Anita Perry acknowledged that "it's been a rough month."
"We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today," she told the audience at North Greenville University, which is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
"We still feel called. We are being brutalized by our opponents and our own party. So much of that is - I think they look at him - because of his faith."
Texas's First Lady then took aim at some of her husband's opponents.
"He is the only true conservative," she said. "Well, there are some true conservatives. And they're there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them, too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose."
In an emotional recounting of the Texas governor's decision to run for president, she said the Lord spoke to her before convincing her husband to run.
"God was already speaking to me, but he (Rick) didn't want to hear it," Anita Perry told the sympathetic audience." I said you may not see that burning bush, but there are people seeing that burning bush for you."
If I'm parsing what she's saying correctly, people are supposed to vote for her husband because he's the true Christian blessed with a wife who can see a burning bush.  Given that wildfires raged across Texas while Perry was considering making this presidential run, I'm guessing that many Texans saw a lot of bushes burn. 

Cheap snark aside, the pastor ministering to Mrs. Perry this week could also consider I Corinthians 3:3-9.
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?  For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
In short, Rick Perry, with or without the vision to see a burning bush, is just a human being who is not more essential to God's plan than fellow evangelicals Herman Cain or Michele Bachmann, Mormons Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman, or atheists Cory Heidelberger and Christopher Hitchens; the latter two both communicate far more effectively than any of the candidates.

I would also like someone to explain to Mrs. Perry that the Republic survived Thomas Jefferson editing all of the miracles out of the gospels.  I'm less sanguine about its ability to survive the presidency of another Texas Republican governor.

Someone needs to explain to me how Republican economic and foreign policy positions square with biblical Christianity.  I'm sort of old school, so I'll need chapter and verse instead of party talking points.

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