Until Alzheimer’s Does Us Part

It’s politic-ing season again and I hate it. I hate it so much I’ve blogged about how much I hate it (here). The useless banter of individuals making personal power grabs in the name of the greater good is enough to drive anyone batty. I’m not whining about politics today though. Believe it or not, there’s actually something I despise even more: Televangelists.

We’ve all been inundated with the religious farces of Tammy Faye Baker, Robert Tilton, and more recently in the headlines, Pat Robertson. Pat has always been a perfect example of why mixing politics with religion is a bad idea and in the past he’s even go so far as to trade “thy kingdom come” for a presidential run. So much for the separation of church and state.

It’s easy to mock televangelists and it’s typically done by people over the same reasons: money. Money hungry, change begging televangelists who live in million dollar homes (or radio evangelists like Bob Larson) trying to suck the last nickel from an audience who is emotionally starved: they don’t preach the Gospel, they sell it. It’s mockable on every level.

While Pat Robertson has probably been the lesser of the money mockables, his latest statements only show how far he has drifted from mainstream Christianity. There is the vow of “till death do us part,” but Alzheimer’s is “a kind of death,” he said. Wow – has this guy drifted from the boat or what?! A “kind” of death?? There are not different kinds of death; you’re either dead or you’re not dead and while Alzheimer’s may be a mentally degenerative disease, it is not death. The individual is still thinking (albeit confused) and the heart is still beating. Shame on you Pat Robertson!

I find it difficult to determine if his words were the product of a core belief or the slip of a tongue that has been greased over by years of please-everybody politics. Either way, the statement was/is horrible. Till “death does you part” is more than a line of emotional fluff, it’s a symbolic vow representing how God loves us. Let’s hope Pat remembers that.

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