Archive for May 24, 2008

TestifySo, Joel Osteen is at his church one day, greeting people at the door, when he gets hoodwinked and bum-rushed by Jay Bakker. Both, professed Christians. Both, leaders of ministries. Both, following in Daddy’s footsteps.

However, one agrees with the Levitical Law and the other thinks the Old Testament means for the Children of God to sing, “We are the world.” (Tammy Faye Bakker was an icon in the GLBT community, so guess which one sings karaoke).

The full story is captured in this story from the Christian Post.

SUMMARY: Jay invites Joel to massive GLBT conference. Joel declines privately. Jay complains publicly. Joel issues press statement. The blogosphere blows up.

No exception here, but HiScrivener has a POV and after all, isn’t that why we are all here? Here goes:

  1. The Bible is the inerrant word of God. It’s a full dining restaurant – you sit, enjoy and take in all of it at once. This is not a buffet – I’ll take a lil’ of this, a lil’ of that and not so much of the rest. If both of you are reading the same book, learn to read and get hooked on phonics.
  2. Summary of Leviticus for those who differ with Jay. The whole ‘sentence to death’ thingy was written before there was an atonement for sin. That blood covenant and sacrifice came in the form of this Yeshua dude. Real nice guy because whenever he forgives sin, the whole ‘damn you to the infernal flames of hell’ stigma flies out the window. Sin is sin. People are people. God vehemently hates one and passionately loves the other. If you can’t figure out the difference, try Hinduism. Cows are easier to figure out.
  3. MEMO TO JAY: Only going after five megachurches for invites with the innate knowledge of rejection is called in the PR world a ‘stunt’. You knew full well what would happen, so when you got dissed, your press release was already proofed and prepared for national blast-off. You think with two billion adherents of the Gospel, and many of those pastors, you could have located at least one pastor to agree with you and join hands to the buffet smörgåsbord. But because local folk don’t really bring in the parades, you thought you would go turkey hunting. Nice try, tattoo.
  4. Anyone notice other religions don’t have this issue? You don’t see a couple of Muslims on a street corner with their bean pies arguing over pork consumption. Your handbook is what it is.Try driving a car and putting diesel in a gas engine just because you don’t think your owner’s manual was completely accurate and up-to-date. Oh, and by the way, you majored in music not auto mechanics. Let’s stick with the plan, people.

In short, I’m not a farmer but even I can smell this manure. What Jay did was bush league. If he really wanted a conversation, lay down the ‘you may know my Daddy hung out with your Daddy’ card and let the prattle begin.

Oh, and if the GLBT church-going community wanna’ proselytize “tolerance” so much, then MEMO TO YOU as well: learn to TOLERATE other people not vibing with your TOLERANCE. Because, that after all, is what Noah Webster believes tol-er-uhns (n.)” to be. And since you think God wasn’t accurate, he’s a fairly good authority. Next!


SNL fans will get that. If not, please wake up and smell the 80s.

Now then, fast forward to Los Angeles (I know, spare me the geography lesson. I just woke up) and KFI-AM, which created a kitschy little show called “The Jesus Christ Show” in 1998. In a former life, human theater of the mind was a lovely decade-long siege of mine, and this show would have completely jazzed me then.

Turns out, it’s jazzing many more because it’s about to be syndicated nationwide on June 1. Body, we need to support things like this.

So why is this ‘wall-worthy’? Some ‘holy graffiti’ act as warning and danger to come if this action continues, others of disapproval of things done “in the name of God” and then there are items that require our collective attention for action.

This is one of those times. Enjoy and support, Wall Watchers.

My place is bigger than your placeWashington D.C. is a cereal land – full of fruits, nuts and flakes. Yes, that includes some of the folk on Capitol Hill. This is a land known for politics and not for religion; however, locals calls a large strip of 16th Street in the nation’s capital, “God’s Avenue.”

This seven-mile stretch of land – that ironically leads directly to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – is home to more than 45 congregations that focus on God as creator of the universe… and wants to keep it that way.

It’s D.C., so the LDS empire wants to buck the trend. Typically, their ‘meeting houses’ all look the same, but in The District, they want to switch things up with a 105-foot tower spiraling in the air. 10-stories? I wonder if Joseph Smith could ever spell, “O-V-E-R-C-O-M-P-E-N-S-A-T-I-O-N.” IJS.