Sunday, 17 August 2014

Hallelujahs and Hypocrisies... **BLOG POST**





Some time ago, as (once again) I suffered the immeasurable agonies of a queue, I happened to find myself grid locked in front of two middle aged Christian women.

How did I know they were Christians? 'Cos they began every effin' sentence with the emphatic proclamation ..." Well, as a Christian!!!!"



I was in Edinburgh at the Fringe at the time waiting to see a show and the queue was quite voluminous and these two women were all but perched upon my shoulder each competing with the other as to who God loved best via the verbally volleyed details of 'Good deeds they had done and souls they had saved through their 'Christian' ministrations'...


Mercifully, I was momentarily distracted by two flies copulating in mid air, however my attention soon returned to the sainted duo when I heard one of the anointed heatedly berating a member of their flock...

"I don't think she's fit to be part of our group...blah blah...as a Christian...blah blah...and as for her husband...he's as bad as her...blah blah...it isn't Christian... blah blah...neither of them are any good....blah blah...I'm going to have a word with...( didn't catch the name...probably 'God'! )...and tell him we can't be having the likes of her or him coming to our Church"...



This tirade went on for some time halting only when the time arrived to enter the venue. I went on my way to watch a magic show and they went on their way, taking their Christian magic with them whilst no doubt continuing their generous castigation of all those they considered less virtuous than themselves! (I'm sure they loped off to watch 'Tokyo Shock Boys')


Also, whilst remaining attached to the "As a Christian" thread, just before Christmas last a random offering on the TV caught my attention when the programme, which was highlighting public offenders, focused on a homeless guy who had set up a little camp for the night in the vicinity of a Church Hall but was told to move on by the police as the Christians from the Community Hall had complained saying they considered his presence would intimidate their members and deter them from entering their hallowed halls !!!




Well, we can't be having that can we eh?...Poor honest Christians being threatened by the fragile, despondent, nasty vagrant guy menacingly hugging a rain soaked blanket on a cold, wet winters night....oh no indeed...we mustn't have the untidy destitute fracturing the warm and all loving ambience of their Christian gathering!!




Absolutely not, I mean, their blessed Christian knees may become arthritic from all that praying for the needy but don't let any of those dirty needy little f***ers come near them or their polished pews!!...


My final rant on this subject comes as a result of a particular news report from some time ago, which outlined the Russian president Vladimir Putin's controversial "gay propoganda" law,  which many feel has as good as legitimised homophobia! 

Included in the report was footage showing scenes of extreme violence towards some members of the gay community. And I'm telling you this to get to THIS point...and that is, that one guy, who had sprayed pepper spray in the eyes of a gay man, when asked "why"? replied that " As a Christian" it was his duty to "help him"!!!!!

I'll shut up now 'cos my temple's throbbing, but you get the point? You can see it eh? To regurgitate my usual, I couldn't give a flying shite as to who abides by which religion and NO I'm not saying all 'Christians' are the same but...well...at the end of the day...I am in absolute agreement with the person who said....

" I'd rather spend time with a rough around the edges sinner than a well polished hypocrite!"........HALLELUJAH!!...



 © Copyright Lynn Gerrard 2.8.2012

14 comments:

  1. Amen and pass the Loving Cup. Thank you for a thoughtful tirade.

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    1. Ahh I do love a good Grumble...lol..Thanks again for reading me...:)

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  2. As I am always saying "queues bring out the worst in some folk" Good rant!

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    1. Thanks my friend!... I love a good rant...it's like a massage for the mind...:)

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  3. Did you know there are over 38,000 denominations in Christendom. I say 'Christendom' as opposed to 'Christianity' which by definition means following Christ closely - at least as closely as is possible for imperfect beings like us Your ladies would hardly seem to qualify, but then we all have our off-days! If we could only follow the Golden Rule and treat others as we'd like others to treat us, the world would be a much better place.Great post!

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  4. Hear hear Jacy!!...and thank you...glad you liked it!...:) x

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  5. Me again, your post set me thinking. So! As with most of my stuff I plundered the idea and will post a 'Ropey' version which I have named 'The Queue'. Thanks as always for your inspirational work. Even if some of it is 'Off The Balustrade' ;-)

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  6. Hahaha! thank you once again for your kindness! I'll be enjoying another happy ponder through your work again later...( which I love )...and am looking forward to reading 'The Queue'!...:)

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  7. I too would rather be in the company of sinners than saints. Very well said. ;-)

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    1. I'm in good company then...haha! Thanks Mia...:)

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  8. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! :) Feel better now, sugar? Getting that off your ample bosom must have lightened the load considerably! And you know I agree with every word! Love ya!

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  9. Hahaha! I DO feel slightly better ta Hap...despite my lack of 'ample bosom'....lol....Lovin' you too...:) xx

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  10. Boy, I hate it when you lose a comment you spent so much time writing. Anyways, to keep it shorter this time and still make my point:

    Thomas Paine wrote ‘The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it produces no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion’ (CW I, 601). ‘The only religion that has not been invented, and that has in it every evidence of divine originality, is pure and simple Deism’

    I think that pretty much sums up why so many of America's Founding Fathers wanted to separate religion from the government over here in the former British North American colonies.

    The U.S. Founding Fathers who espoused Deism were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen, James Madison, and James Monroe.

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    1. Hi Lloyd, thank you for your comments...they make very interesting reading...and I can lean on the side of Deism myself! ...:).

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