Which brings me to my church story from yesterday.
One of the readings was 1 Corinthians 19:6:
Brothers and sisters: If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!I am reflecting on this as the reading continued, thinking about the times I have fallen short of His glory. I am also thinking what a sad state this country finds itself in today because so many have lost their way by rejecting God. Going to church for me is like washing my hands. It's an experience of renewal and cleansing. So far, so good. And then came the Prayers of Intentions. The very first one went something like this:
"Let us pray that the government will spend it's money favoring the poor..."
My blood pressure immediately spiked. I threw up my arms as if to scream "WTF", which are letters you are not supposed to reflect upon during Mass. I looked around, but other than my wife wearing a horrified look on her face (worried that I was going to go postal in church), everyone else seemed to be either oblivious to, or NOT OFFENDED BY what was just said.
You conservative bloggers out there need no explanation of what I was roiled about. However, for the clueless little kiddies that may have stumbled onto this website (and for adults who are working toward their GED and for all other liberals), let me make this perfectly clear. IT AIN'T THE GOVERNMENT'S MONEY! This so-called prayer was not even a thinly veiled call for socialist spreading of the wealth. It was a blatant, in your face demand for punishing the successful by redistributing their wealth by government mandate. JESUS DID NOT TELL US TO GIVE EVERYTHING TO CAESAR AND LET HIM SPLIT IT UP! He said, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's". This is why I go to church. It is my Christian duty to help the poor. That is why I give to charities and why I contribute to the collection plate. I don't come to church to "pray" for a socialistic government solution of redistribution. I know this system of government has never worked before in the history of the world. Socialism does not help the poor, rather it creates a dependency on government. The sole reason for government in a socialist/communist society is to perpetuate power for itself by keeping it's citizens strung out like a heroin addict looking for the next fix.
Bottom line, the socialism practiced by Obama and the rest of the democrats is against my religion. I'm certainly NOT going to pray they are successful at it IN MY OWN CHURCH.
So I walked out. I don't go to church with the purpose of getting offended. I am not easily offended and have pretty thick skin. However, I go to church to worship God. I pick up the bar of soap to wash the scum and bacteria off of my hands, not to transfer the germs from the soap to them. I live in the very liberal State of Michigan, in the far left community that is hometown to Michael Moore, if you get my drift. I know what punk liberalism is. Attending Church should be an escape from it. Instead, I felt as dirty as if I had just washed my hands with a dead trout.