A reasonably educated person trying to make sense of it all, and a little tormented as a result. Thinking aloud, mostly.
These opinions rarely reflect the ideas of any of my employers.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Sometimes God is helping, but we can't see it
I'm loving watching "The West Wing"
President Bartlett is talking with his priest about whether or not to commute a death sentence:
Bartlet: Anyway. I looked for a way out, I really did.
Father Cavanaugh: “’Vengeance is mine,’ sayeth the Lord.” You know what that means? God is the only one who gets to kill people.
Bartlet: I know.
Father Cavanaugh: That was your way out.
Bartlet: I know.
Father Cavanaugh: Did you pray?
Bartlet: I did, Tom. I know it's hard to believe, but I prayed for wisdom.
Father Cavanaugh: And none came?
Bartlet: It never has. And I'm a little pissed off about that. I'm not kidding.
Father Cavanaugh: You know, you remind me of the man that lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town, and all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said, “I'm religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” The waters rose up. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, “Hey, hey you! You in there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.” But the man shouted back, “I'm religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” A helicopter was hovering overhead and a guy with a megaphone shouted, “Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder and I'll take you to safety.” But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety. Well, the man drowned. And standing at the gates of St. Peter, he demanded an audience with God. “Lord,” he said, “I'm a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?” God said, “I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a rowboat. What the hell are you doing here?” He sent you a priest, a rabbi, and a Quaker, Mr. President. Not to mention his son, Jesus Christ. What do you want from him?