Religion, Politics and "Mulligans"

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Sunday mornings. A time to reflect and see the world around you in a more contemplative and insightful way. A time to refresh your mind and your soul. Religion is based on specific tenants that have bound the faithful since the birth of Jesus, and probably beyond. Those tenants cement the pillars of the foundation of faith.


By Al Garcia

Sunday mornings.  A time to reflect and see the world around you in a more contemplative and insightful way.  A time to refresh your mind and your soul.  Religion is based on specific tenants that have bound the faithful since the birth of Jesus, and probably beyond.  Those tenants cement the pillars of the foundation of faith.

In 1 Timothy 4:1, the scripture states, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”  Like the infection that has permeated and currently shrouds the politics  and culture of our nation, religion too seems to have been polluted by the same apathy and triviality of conscience and morality.

Some time ago, Tony Perkins, President of the conservative religious organization, Family Research Council, and other leaders of similar religious groups, suggested that the religious and spiritual leadership in America is weakening and teetering dangerously.  Remember, the Family Research Council is supposed to be the champion of marriage and family as the foundation of civilization -- the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.  Where have they and the other religious conservatives been for the last five years?  Where were they when religious leaders equated the character and essence of their belief-based existence to the game of golf and treated their faith so callously, when they gathered and anointed Donald Trump with special religious “immunities”? 

A new word has now entered into the religious lexicon.  The word is “mulligan.”  In informal golf games, this means the opportunity to replay a stroke that has gone awry.  Now, evidently, religious leaders can give anyone a religious “mulligan” if they can get something tangible in return.  Quid pro quo.  Praise the Lord!  How pious of our religious leaders to extend the hand of God in this so human way. 

Take the payoff, and look the other away - the new Christian way of spreading His Word, His Vision and His Promise out to the world.  Anything goes, so long as it advances the Christian agenda.  After all, I have been taught since my Sunday School days, that God treats everyone the same, or at least he did, until a new man came along who grabbed the attention and admiration of religious leaders and their flocks.  A man who told the world that he could do anything, and the people would follow him.  He told us he could grab women by their privates, and bragged about his infidelities; that he cold insult and assault women; that he could demean his fellow man (and woman); that he could cheat and lie and destroy lives, reputations and businesses; and that, as he so eloquently put it, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”  And so, it came to be – although we are still waiting for his shooting “miracle” to occur. 

So, today, on this beautiful blossoming morning, I reflect on the world around me.  And I am not at all pleased with what I see or what I hear.  It just amazes me how one man can corrupt a political system and debase centuries-old religious beliefs and dogma in such a short span of time.  But then, I guess I should not be so surprised, since one man did come and changed the entire world some two thousand plus years ago.  But if I am correct, and Tony Perkins and others have not yet changed the chronicle of Jesus to fit into their new alternative gospel, then living by example with his words and deeds and faith, Jesus taught us, lifted us up, and saved us.  Donald Trump and his alternative religious zealots on the other hand – well, you be the judge.  I just never imagined that the world of pay for play would not only involve politicians and women, business and national security, but now also our religion.

Have we now reached the “latter times” as stated in 1 Timothy 4:1, when we are being deceived by evil spirits and doctrines of demons?  And to think that I did not even bring up the 666 Fifth Avenue Chicago building owned by none other than . . . .  Oh well, they’re only numbers on a tower that reaches up to the heavens . . . .

And today, I learned that our ex-President is now predicting the demise of America within the next three years.  And it just makes me wonder how much money and how many lives he’s wagered, and with whom, to see the fall of America, and fulfill the ultimate art of the deal. 

How I long for Sunday mornings.  Let me get back to my old-time religion.  No quid pro quo involved.  Just plain faith, pure and simple.

Submitted: September 15, 2021

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