Governor Rick Perry’s call for a Christian day of prayer and fasting such as described in the Book of Joel is scheduled for August 6th at Reliant Stadium in Houston. According to Perry, the goal of the prayer meeting is to publicly implore God to guide our nation out of its morass of unprecedented financial ills and political misery. I hope that Governor Perry’s public display of Christianity is not just to manufacture and manipulate a fundamentalist Christian base for his own political gain. I hope the prayer meeting will not become divisive, pitting Perry’s fundamentalist Christian doctrines against other mainstream Christians, or Jews, or Muslims or the beliefs of other Texas voters who don’t share Perry’s political views. The zeal with which Governor Perry publicly thumped his chest when calling upon Americans to dump our nation’s problems into God’s lap reminds me of Carl Sandburg’s poem entitled, “To a Contemporary Bunkshooter.” Sandburg had obviously experienced sincere ministers teaching the word of Jesus and compared that message to staged performances at traveling tent revivals. Remembering one staged revival in particular, Sandburg wrote, “I like a man that’s got nerve and can pull off a great original performance but, you – you’re only a bug-house peddler of second-hand gospel- you’re only shoving out phony imitation of the goods this Jesus wanted free as air and sunlight.” Sandburg went on to say that he didn’t require a lot of gab from bunkshooters mixed with his religion. A politician’s private prayers may not get votes, but they may get responses from God. A politician’s private prayers such as President Lincoln’s invocation of God’s will during the Civil War or even President Jimmy Carters’ repeated self question: “What would Jesus do?” serve useful purposes. But, Perry’s very public display of Christian piousness at this time appears as if he is using religion to spur his political horse out of the gate and into a full gallop for the upcoming Presidential race.
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Column on Obamacare reminds reader of story
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Freedom to vote for candidates of my choice is my right
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An intellectually honest approach to health crisis
A few decades ago, when my Dad was the CEO of the largest department store in the south, he and his executive staff made a decision that would have a negative impact on the company's bottom line.
As long as there are tobacco-using customers ...
Last I checked money does rule the world. At least the love of money does.
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Public servants or dignitaries?
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Letter to the Editor: Fuzzy city codes concern resident
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Letter To The Editor: Is government hinting at taking over daycares?
Recently I heard that President Obama announced intentions to provide universal daycare for all Americans.
County resident shares experience with dumped animals, shelter fees
After reading a letter to the editor sent in by a reader speaking of her experience with Klein Animal Shelter, I decided to write one about mine.
Relay For Life a good cause
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