Whew! That was close. On Monday the County Board of Commissioners in Blount County Tennessee was all set to vote on a motion asking God (yes, you read that right, “God”) to spare their county from his coming wrath because of the legalization of gay marriage within the U.S.
At the last minute though saner heads prevailed and the agenda item was not brought forth. That, or the County Board saw that they were on the verge of looking like fools on the national stage and ignored the motion purely from the motive of self preservation.
The entire proposed motion can be found here but it contains nuggets of pure gold such as:
WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.
WE adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so many other God-fearing States, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids.
You can kinda see why some of the other Commissioners put the brakes on this.
The kicker for me whenever this weird stuff goes down is the selective memory these folk have and what they think is going to incur God’s wrath. Ok, laying aside all debate on what God’s wrath is, let’s assume an Old Testament position, as the Resolution’s author Commissioner Karen Miller does, and explore what should be the tipping point for God’s anger to be released.
- In the 18th and 19th century citizens of the United States, driven by the vision of ‘Manifest Destiny”, committed acts of betrayal, murder, and near genocide of the Native American Indian nations. What tribes were allowed to remain were relocated to worthless and remote reservations.
God’s Wrath is not released…
- 12.5 million Africans are shipped to the Americas (2 million die in transit) to serve as slaves. They had their dignity, their lives, and their dreams ripped from them so hard that the effects still reverberate today.
God’s Wrath is not released…
- Today we continue to destroy the environment, blithely condemn the lives of both the unborn and the criminal, enact laws that help the rich amass wealth beyond imagination as the poor and middle class slip lower and lower on the economic scales, and America can hardly seem to go a year in our history without being at war with someone in the world and yet…
God’s Wrath is not released...
But somehow two guys getting married and setting up a house somewhere with a lawn and a white picket fence is what brings it on. THAT is going to be the catalyst for the ‘Fireballs from Heaven’ to start flying?