Thursday, October 14, 2010

LIFE IN...WHEREVER I AM THIS WEEK // Taking it too far?

I got an e-mail during work today; a press release from the Christian NewsWire service. This can be one of my favorite things as someone undoubtedly says something that fires me up every week.

The release is a response to a comment that First Lady Michelle Obama made on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show." She was talking about the prayer circles and people that pray for her and the President, etc., and how those people are "keeping the spirits clean" around them.

The release quickly jumps to a conclusion that questions whether the First Lady is into some brand of animism. [Read the release in its entirety here] What? Really?

Here's her clip from the show: [The Tom Joyner Morning Show w/ Michelle Obama] It's around the 6:30 mark.

How can you immediately suspect that the First Lady is into animism? And how many people actually know what that means in America? I do but I studied it in seminary.

Could she just be referring to the good kinds of spirits (the Holy Spirit, angels, God's messengers) around them? That prayer is keeping the evil spirits at bay? That the prayers of believers are keeping the clean spirits at work around them? Why do you people have to be so suspect and divisive and stir up trouble?

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