Niccolo Machiavelli said: “There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.” It’s no surprise that the Obama family went to church on Easter Sunday–after all, it’s essentially a Presidential requirement–but it cuts into my heart to see a President that supports such a barbaric act as partial-birth abortion, taking communion. More than that, the Obamas’ attendance at the Easter Sunday service provides me with a springboard to discuss what really annoyed me about yesterday: the sermon.
At Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Luis Leon talked about things you might expect from an Easter sermon: love, hate, peace, faith and belief. Then he said this: “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back…for blacks to be back in the back of the bus…for women to be back in the kitchen…for immigrants to be back on their side of the border.”
What—if I may question the almighty Reverend—was going through his mind? What was to be gained by broadly painting Christian leaders as bigoted, racist, misogynistic cretins? Does Rev. Leon actually believe what he said? These are all questions to which I would love to know the answer. But what is even more disturbing is the fact that he said any of that at all!
The cultural war on Christianity runs quite deep; but have we become so infected that even leaders in the church are slandering each other? I expect smears from the media, politicians, the Hollywood community, and comedians; but have we come to the point of no return? Contempt of the faithful is hastening the decay of our country, and our society; and contempt of the faithful on the part of a Reverend signals an end point.
Some political issues are religious as well; and that cannot be argued. There are certainly times when politics can and should be brought up in the church; but where is the line? Is it ok for Luis Leon to say what he said? Leon is taking a machete to a delicate mechanism; he is debasing a large portion of the Christian community by making these dangerous claims. He is taking shots with absolutely no bullets.
Moreover, about whom is he talking, exactly? I’m certain that if asked, Leon would point fingers to numerous leaders of the Conservative movement; but he would not be able to provide any evidence to support his claims. He is not a religious leader; he is a puppet for the Left. He is a malignant darkness masquerading as a leader of light.
Maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh on the man who gives a piece of bread and some wine to Barack and Michelle twice a year—ya know, when it’s politically expedient to be pious—but his own words have indicted him.
I’ve asked a lot of questions in this article; but Luis Leon’s behavior begs those questions. The fiber of our country is in a state of decay, and Leon’s words are hastening that decay. It is not the “captains of the religious right” that deserve contempt; it is Luis Leon.