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Musings: Horribly unthinking and public statements

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Oct 15, 2009 9:48:00 AM

The mayor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin was recently censured by his city council for horribly unthinking and public (and drunken) comments he made about his sister in law (http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-090924-sheboygan-mayor,0,157572.story). To his credit he has apologized and accepted the city council’s decision without any defensiveness. Still, one wonders about his ability to govern from here.

What I find amazing are the unthinking, insensitive and public statements I have heard by people who are not inebriated when they say them. Once uttered, especially by a leader, it makes it difficult to respect the person behind the words ever again. Recently, while driving to and from Florida on our vacation, my wife Lorie and I wrote down some of the most unthinking comments we have witnessed. We replay them here well aware that we are guilty of regrettable words ourselves. Interestingly, all these comments were made by church folk in church settings. We have tried to render them as accurately as possible.

Perhaps you have an example of two that would help us chronicle the attitudes we should leave behind and certainly never bring before the people of God. These are good reminders to guard our tongues.

  • If you prayed for your mother every day she would get better.
  • If our nation’s enemies don’t convert, kill ‘em.
  • (During announcement time at Sunday morning worship) Stop using so much toilet paper! The basement toilet was clogged again and I’m tired of plunging it out!
  • I hate it when the scriptures are read in a worship service.
  • Your music is demonic because I don’t like it.
  • All muslims are terrorists.
  • I will always be the worship leader.
  • I hope you aren’t offended that God healed me and you are still sick.
  • God might love homosexuals, but if they come to this church I’m going to castrate them.
  • You are sitting in my seat. I always sit there.
  • My bud and I intend to be the last two people here when they close this church down.
  • God is a Democrat. Really.

-mark l vincent

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