from the quill of Antisthenes
Watching, hearing and reading of the latest antics of our so-called religious leaders one has to wonder – have they ever read the New Testament? It seems they mastered some brochure Publicity: Whatever it Takes and from Christ’s teachings, remember just a few catchy phrases to give themselves credibility. They profess a surprise that people do not come to the church knowing well, that the people’s trust in the church was forfeited a long time ago, a process to which they contributed. Some of their potential flock still come at Christmas and Easter just to check if the leaders came to their senses and, needless to say, walk away disappointed.
One, spiritual leader of the Church of England, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, considers the establishment of sharia law in Great Britain inevitable and sees nothing wrong with that. In his speech Williams went to quite a length to justify his opinion. Spengler (Asia Times, the 12th February, 2008) summarized it thus: “Coming from the leader of a major Christian denomination, this depth of hypocrisy is satanic, if that word has any meaning at all.”
Another leader, Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane, Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia in his sermon this Easter (2011) named the horrors of the last century: Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Fukushima and … GST. So in the eyes of the great theologian the evils are the Nazis, Americans, the nature and John Howard. I suspect that to mention Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot would not be met with the so sought after media approval.[If I missed something, I apologise. The sermon is not yet on Dr Aspinall’s official website]
And another wants a carbon tax: “The Moderator of the Uniting Synod of NSW and ACT, the Reverend Niall Reid said his Easter message was that “climate change was the result of unsustainable, unfettered and unthinking addiction to economic growth” and those who could not entertain a less destructive path were like those who sent Jesus to the cross for expediency’s sake.” How our greed was changing the climate the last 3 million years or so, the “Christian” thinker failed to explain. How proper even for an atheist it would be to liken Jesus Christ to Al Gore I will leave the reader to ponder.
Had Reid read the Bible he would have found that Jesus warned him and those of his ilk to leave secular matters alone. That, of course, is too much to ask. The admonishments, rules, commandments are for us to follow, not them. Vanity, vainglory and venality of the self-appointed representatives of God on Earth beside whom the TV vicar of Dibney was a veritable paragon of Christian virtues, should fill the hearts of believers with anger or at least sadness.
The sadness, because those people didn’t get to the ecclesiastical top suddenly. They got there by a long process (perhaps by a long march through the institutions) while the deluded congregations sat in silence, forgetting that by their fruit you shall know them, not by their vestments, however glittering they may be. The whole issue is of only marginal interest to me, but sometimes I wonder why those of my fellow citizens who call themselves Christians do not read the Bible and chase the pharisees out of the temples. It’s that time again.