Dockadams Wrote: Another threat to this country is religion. Another is right wing religious zealots.
My wife's sister is a devout Catholic. Up until recently, she went to church every Sunday and religious holiday, and she prays the rosary every day.
Out of the blue, she sent me the email below to me this morning:
" I received this from a special friend ...
In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship. God said, "you want to worship athletes, I will shut down the stadiums. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down Civic Centers. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You don't want to go to church and worship Me, I will make it where you can't go to church"
"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Maybe we don't need a vaccine, Maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters. Jesus."
There is no point in sending a response back, so I'll just ignore it for now.
On a related note , the CEO of My Pillow, Mike Lindell, spoke the other day at the White House coronavirus briefing>
My Pillow’s Mike Lindell gave Trump a $100,000 donation, so he was allowed to speak at the coronavirus briefing where he claimed that God put Trump in office.
Lindell said, “God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016 to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation has turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bibles and spend time with our families. Our president gave us so much hope where just a few short months ago we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment and wages going up. It was amazing. With our great president, vice president, and this administration, and the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that is stronger and safer than ever.”
An alternative Christian view of Trump and the coronavirus is that God is punishing the United States for putting Trump in office. Trump isn’t a blessing from God. From this perspective, he is a curse.
Lindell was born on June 28, 1961, in Mankato, Minnesota, and was raised in Chaska and Carver, Minnesota.
Prior to inventing MyPillow, Lindell launched and operated a number of small businesses including carpet cleaning, lunch wagons, and a few bars and restaurants in Carver County, Minnesota. In the 1980s and 1990s, Lindell became addicted to cocaine, crack cocaine, and alcohol. His addiction loomed so large, that his house would be foreclosed and his wife filed for divorce. Lindell stated that he achieved sobriety through prayer in 2009, and since then, he has been clean.
Lindell invented the MyPillow pillow in 2004 and grew the business into a major Minnesota manufacturing company.
In March 2017, Lindell produced The Mike Lindell Story: An American Dream, a documentary about Lindell overcoming drug addiction and building a multi-million-dollar business. The documentary was shot in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Pantages Theatre.
On August 21, 2019, Lindell was presented with an honorary Doctor of Business from Liberty University
So, I understand that Mr. Lindell "got religion" and got cured, but what religious people fail to understand is that not everyone agrees that religion is the answer to their problems.
For perspective, consider what Hunter S. Thompson once said:
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."