This past weekend our community, like many other small communities, had its annual festival. Ours is called the Apple Butter Festival (and I bet you can’t guess why). The church had a booth for the second year and we handed out free water, cookies, and goodies. We had balloons but the helium and the weather was not kind or cooperative so our green balloons looked more Fruit of the Loom grapes. I ended up hanging them from the canopy. At certain times on Saturday is looked like wall-to-wall people. Our booth was just one of many, and certainly not the only church. We found ourselves between exotic candle makers and the Masons, and our back door neighbors were the Pentecostals. One of our ladies makes and sells her own tamales. Yeah, I ate some. Booths of all sorts. Clotches. Trinkets. Food (of course). Spencer Pride (gay group). You name it, it was probably there.
Part of any festival is a parade and ours is no different. Ours was like 3 hours long. Okay, so that is an exaggeration, but it seemed to go on forever. But then someone reminded me it was a political year. I mean…how could I forget with the roadways and lawns littered with
garbage political signs? I say all that because it was during the parade that something happened. Now remember I said all types of groups were there. One particular group was marching in the parade and while I don’t agree with this group’s organization, it’s beliefs and practices, I find what happened to be horribly distasteful. Rude. While this group’s young men were walking by, a lady began to scream at them about being devil worshipers and basically the spawn of Satan. Like I said, I will reserve my comments about this group, but that was just downright uncalled for!! Oh, and to make matters worse, she was from some church (but I have no clue which one). Talk about a black mark on the church!
I just don’t get it. I know people have convictions, but is insulting and criticizing and black-balling and calling names and saying someone is from and worships the devil the way to get the message of Jesus across? I think not. As has been said by many before, and even by me, Jesus’ harshest words were used on the religious hypocrites/leaders. Not once do you read of the prostitutes, tax collectors, etc being called out in harsh words. “Go and sin no more” maybe. But certainly not devil worshipers.
I’m going to close because this type of thing makes my blood boil. I was mortified when I read it in the editorial. I was embarrassed because God’s Name was dragged down to the ground. But I would like to know your thoughts. Am I wrong? Feel free to say so.