Has anybody here seen my old friend God?
By Sheila Samples
Has anybody here seen my old friend God?
Can you tell me where He's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good die young.
But I just looked around and He's gone...
- apologies to Dion for changes to "Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend John?"
My friend Bernie says he'd fork over big bucks to get a good look at George
Bush's god. Bernie says he'd like to ask him face-to-face why he ordered Bush
to go on a bloody rampage, kill all those innocent people, and then just leave
Bush hanging out there stammering inanely about liberating "folks whose skin is
a different color than white," while passing out freedom tickets like it was the
"I wanna know who's in charge up there in Mission Control," Bernie roared. "You
gotta have a plan for stuff like this. I mean, if you're God, you got a plan --
right? Looks like a guy who created the whole universe -- put the sun and the
moon in just the right places -- whipped up Adam and Eve, then filled the world
with trees and oceans and birds and fish and animals and --"
"Bernie --" I interrupted, while dodging his flailing arms. "Calm down and
think about this reasonably. Look," I said, "maybe Bush is following the wrong
plan. Or," I suggested helpfully, "--maybe he's following the wrong god..."
"-- But I just read Bob Woodward's book, Plan of Attack," Bernie babbled,
ignoring me. "Bush told Woodward God was sending him on a mission. Bush
believes God hand-picked him to be president. Bush told Woodward he was a
messenger of God's will. And guess what--" Bernie said, stopping to catch his
breath, "--when Woodward asked if he checked with Poppy about going to war, Bush
laughed in his face. Nosiree, Bush didn't stop with Poppy. He told Woodward
there was a higher 'father' he appealed to, and he went right on up the pike
till he got to the Big Guy. See?" Bernie said. "That proves that Bush and God
were in cahoots from the get-go..."
Bernie shook his head in bewilderment. "I just don't get it," he said. "I
can't believe how much God has changed in the last four years. God has always
been there when folks needed Him. But -- I dunno -- now, He's different.
"Gone?" I blurted out impulsively, scaring both of us. "Bernie -- God hasn't
changed! He's gone!"
Shocked into silence, Bernie glared at me for a long moment, then turned and
stomped out, still muttering darkly.
Poor Bernie. But as usual, he got me to thinking. As a Christian, I cannot
come to grips with the premise that God got us into this mess -- that God is the
shadowy figure behind the throne, whispering into Bush's ear to dishonor our
nation, disgrace our armed forces and destroy tens of thousands of innocent
people. Only a tyrant storms in and out of the affairs of common men, robs them
of their way of life, of hope, of free thought -- and randomly and maliciously
tortures, even slaughters, those who dare oppose him. Only a tyrant who, as
Aristotle wisely noted, "must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to
religion." Aristotle also pointed out that "Subjects are less apprehensive of
illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious..."
It is a tragedy of staggering proportions that American Christians are so
delusional that ever-widening congregational circles are little more than
"subjects" of George Bush and his Bible-thumping, rabid, right-wing
administration. Christians accept through blind faith that God is the architect
of Bush's personal "war on terror and evildoers." Why else would they remain
deathly silent in the face of everything they know for a fact is abhorrent to
both their Creator (God) and their Savior (Jesus)? Where is the righteous
outcry against pre-emptive attacks on innocent men, women and children at home
and abroad? Where is the Christian outpouring of compassion, mercy -- agape
love? Who is caring for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the wounded, the
elderly? Who is burying the dead?
It's faith-shattering to realize that the wondrous salvation offered by that
ancient and most wonderful man of Galilee -- teachings that have endured over a
span of more than 2,000 turbulent years -- are suddenly meaningless. Surely,
those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ are under a spell; they are
bewitched by a shallow destructive fool who petutantly demands special treatment
and obedience because he is -- Praise God -- "born-again." Is there not one
Christian who will dare to point out that, in his foolish crusade to rid the
world of evil -- a task that only God can perform -- Bush has murdered more
innocent people in the last two years than all terrorists combined?
Just one Christian. Just one with the courage to say the unsayable -- that
George Bush has no knowledge of objectivity nor values...that he likely is
unable to even pronounce "metaphysics," let alone understand its spiritual
implications, and is unable to form a philosophical concept of a true God. Is
there not even one Christian who misses God and His blessed influence in
everything around us -- the poetry of life, the music, the sun-lit laughter
inspired by goodness and mercy -- the sheer joy of reaching out to help those in
need -- the most vulnerable among us?
The silence of the lambs is inexplicable. Apparently no longer able to discern
who, or even where, God is, Christians stand mute before angry and power-mad
religious right-wing evangelicals like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and House
Majority Leader Tom DeLay who -- like most out-of-control zealots -- are quite
mad. Although they tend to go underground just prior to an election, they are
busy behind the scenes in a decades-long, non-stop crusade to gain control of
the machinations of government. If Christians are not trembling at the holy war
launched against Americans for control of their faith, their lives and their
country -- they should be.
Nobody has worked longer nor more feverishly for a Christian coup d`etat in
America than Robertson. "What Christians have got to do," Robertson reported in
his Religious News Service in May 1990, "is take back this country, one precinct
at a time, one neighborhood at a time, and one state at a time...I honestly
believe that in my lifetime we will see a country once again governed by
Gary Potter, president of Catholics for Christian Political Action, agrees.
"When the Christian majority takes over this country, there will no satanic
chruches, no more free distribution of pornography, no more talk of rights for
homosexuals. After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen
as immoral and evil, and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice
Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, is relentless in his
cross-country quest to sign up intolerant religious fanatics who will work to
wrest this nation from the lukewarm and mealy-mouthed Christian left. I call
him "Scary Terry," and dissolve into uncontrollable sobs at the mere thought of
the damage he does to unsuspecting souls...
"The only violence that you will find in us is the violence that takes place in
the heart when the Word of God gets into it," Terry thundered in 1993. He told
the Fort Wayne, Indiana News-Sentinel, "I want you to just let a wave of
intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you.
Yes, hate is good...Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we
are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't
Ah, the uplifting spiritual beauty and holiness of sheer, unadulterated hate.
Gary North, another Texas religious nut, wrote in his "Political Polytheism: The
Myth of Pluralism" (1989, p. 87), "The long-term goal of Christians in politics
should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to
submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church's
public marks of the covenant -- baptism and holy communion -- must be denied
citizenship, just as they were in ancient Israel."
Perhaps no Christian speaks up because it is difficult to take George Bush's God
seriously; because each atrocity is just a little worse than the last one,
barely noticeable, hardly worth mentioning. Why should we say anything -- they
haven't come for us yet. Of course the homosexuals are having a bad year, but
like Robertson says, they just "want to come into churches and disrupt church
services and throw blood all around and try to give people AIDS and spit in the
face of ministers," which -- when you think about it -- isn't very polite, is
And, it looks like women will never learn. "Chatty Patty" Robertson knows all
about feminists and their struggle for equal rights. He isn't fooled by the
feminist agenda. He says it's "not about equal rights for women. It is about a
socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their
husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and
However, there IS hope for Christian women -- those who keep their legs together
until they're married to fine, upstanding religious husbands to whom they remain
eternally subservient. Legs will be opened for procreation only, according to
God's will, and the rights of babies will be jealously protected from conception
Then, of course, if you are an athiest in America, you're up that old proverbial
creek without a paddle. In 1987, Poppy snorted with contempt when asked by a
reporter (cryptome.org/mil-dead-iqw.htm) what he planned to do to win the
votes of atheists. "Surely," the dumfounded reporter asked, "you recognize the
equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?" "No," Poppy
responded without hesitation, "I don't know that atheists should be considered
as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under
A year ago, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman sounded the alarm about the
brazen and radical Tom DeLay, who gloats that he went into politics to promote a
"biblical worldview, sabotaging tax credits for 12 million children. "Those tax
credits would cost only $3.5 billion.," Krugman wrote, "But Mr. DeLay has
embedded the credits in an $82 billion tax cut package. That is, he wants to
extort $22 in tax cuts (in the face of record budget deficits) for every dollar
given to poor children." (story cached at
How heavy must the burden of self-deception get before Americans feel the heat
of Bernie's outrage? Before it is too late, we must face the fact that George
Bush seized the opportunity to use his born-again experience for political gain.
He maliciously used God as a battering ram to force his way into the halls of
power, and is using Him now as a cudgel to beat American Christians into abject
silence. He said recently that he had a "vision -- where people think and pray
and live in obedience to God..."
This creature whom Bush calls god and is obsessed with forcing upon the rest of
the world is no friend of mine -- or yours, either. Bush and his warmongers
wallow with their god in the blood of the Old Testament. So be it. If they
refuse to listen to the admonishments of Jesus Christ, maybe the Old Testament
prophet Isaiah can get their attention, for when Isaiah lashed out at the Kings
of Judah, he could well have been speaking directly to the Bush cabal and,
sadly, to far too many of us:
"...your hands are those of murderers and your fingers are filthy with sin. You
lie and grumble and oppose the good...You spend your time and energy in spinning
evil plans which end up in deadly actions. You cheat and shortchange everyone.
Everything you do is filled with sin; violence is your trademark. Your feet run
to do evil and rush to murder; your thoughts are only of sinning, and wherever
you go you leave behind a trail of misery and death. You don't know what true
peace is, nor what it means to be just and good; you continually do wrong and
those who follow you won't experience any peace either."
It is time we stopped the madness -- the wanton killing of innocent men, women
and children -- the needless slaughter of our own armed forces abroad and the
open assault on citizens here at home. Bush and his Religious Right brigades
have come for the homosexuals, the athiests, the elderly, the poor, the
children, the citizens born in other lands, and are now looking in our
direction. Who among us will be next -- who among us will dare to speak out...?
It is time we hooked back up with our old friend God. Has anybody here seen
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer and a former US Army Public
Information Officer. She will accept praise and atta-boys at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Complaints and death threats should be directed to her
cousin, Junior Samples, at BR-549
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