I don’t know if a church sermon normally would qualify as a stage media event for this blog, but I wanted to mention three sermons in August at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC by Julie Pennington-Russell, “Deadly Conservatism”, “Deadly Liberalism”, and “Deadly Me-Ism”.
All three fit into Mel Gibson’s 2002 film “The Passion of the Christ”. The “liberalism” was about the Sadducees , although the Catholic church regards the Sadducees as an established conservative orthodoxy among the Jews (source ). The pastor here seemed to compare them to the “corrupt” liberal establishment, its ties to Wall Street, its willingness to allow corruption and conflict of interest, and willingness to sell out one of its own to save its leadership. So much for Hillary?
“Me-ism”, though described in terms of Pilate, amounted to a description of Donald Trump without mentioning his name.
But the most interesting sermon was probably about “Conservatism”. The Pharisees are the conservatives, although Pennington says the sermon is about conservatism, not good conservatives (like Andrew Sullivan). Conservatism likes to build elaborate, fetish-like rules and beliefs around the periphery to protect the faith. Sometimes it does appeal more to “the masses” in terms of rituals.
But the almost the first word of my short story in DADT-III (“The Ocelot the Way He Is”, is Pharisee, who personally has the reputation for being known for much speaking – watching or spectating and criticizing others without walking in their shoes. (link http://biblehub.com/matthew/6-7.htm ). (Feb 19, 2012). The Pharisees seem to represent wanting to keep their distance and an air of superiority for following rules – as did the Sadducees, when you get down to it. Sometimes, in a “mind your own business” society, things still have to get personal (as in a youth speech back in 2012)