Sunday, August 4, 2013

Holier Than Thou

Televangelists are everywhere these days, and getting more and more sophisticated with each passing year. Gone are most of the big scandal makers of the 1980’s and 90’s, who have been replaced by more slick marketing, with promises of huge rewards in this life; here and now; with no more waiting for the afterlife to collect. These days it’s pay and collect now, as you go.

There is one televangelist in my area who promises a tenfold return on an investment of only $1,000 dollars. As a matter of fact, it’s not called an investment; it’s known as “planting a seed with Jesus.” Who says money doesn’t grow on trees? Clearly, they are not watching enough television, or they would know.

The clip above, from You Tube, is a look back at the good old days; when the televangelists were comparatively honest liars, looking for whatever you were willing to send. The proof of that is in the Jimmy Swaggart affair, in which; being a good steward of his congregation’s money; he ticked off a prostitute by paying her only $10 for her services. He was in his Lincoln Town Car at the time.

Religion is an important part of my life in that I am spiritual in nature. I believe in God, and also free will. I also believe that the heaven or hell we are destined for are of our own making; and further; that as such, we live now in those worlds by the choice of our everyday actions. The bill is not deferred. The bill is always due.

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