Fresh off of his flip-flop over ethics (he voted against them before he voted for them), Tom Delay spoke at a prayer breakfast this morning and recited some Scripture that, given the timing, leaves me pretty well dumbstruck. One can only imagine what went through his head in deciding what to say...."let's see, we're all praying about this massive tragedy of flooding...I wonder if Jesus had anything to say about floods, that should be good..." You would think a prayer breakfast today, with 150,000+ dead on the other side of the world, would have some really serious, mournful empathy and charitable work to be about. But here's the message of Jesus that Representative Delay decided to channel. From Matthew 7, (via Demwatch and Atrios):
A reading of the Gospel, in Matthew 7:21 through 27.The man has an unhealthy relationship with metaphors. It's so twisted I can't tell whether this proves he believes in the literal interpretation of Scripture, or proves that he does not.
Not every one who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven; but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?"
Then I will declare to them solemnly, "I never knew you: depart from me, you evil doers."
Everyone who listens to these words of mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man, who built his house on a rock:
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, but it did not collapse; it has been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine, but does not act on them, will be like a fool who built his house on sand:
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, and it collapsed and was completely ruined.