Theocrats Equate Enunciating Meteorological Preferences With Blaspheming God
It has been threatened that to complain about the weather is to murmur against God.
So where does degree of nitpicking end?
Taking this idea to its logical conclusion, is it murmuring against God to express dislike for a certain food that He has created?
It is an accepted postulate of Christian historiography that empires and potentates cannot rise without God allowing them to in the sense of at least not doing anything to block the ascension of these onto the world stage.
Thus, is one spitting in the face of the Almighty each time one expresses dissatisfaction with an elected or government official?
Often, those holding to this strict of a view regarding the sovereignty of God also believe in the idea of theocracy or theonomy where the Bible does not merely serve as a source inspiring the moral principles enacted into law but rather in its totality serves in its totality as the non-negotiable legal code.
So in such an idealized regime, would those verbalizing otherwise innocuous preferences about the prevailing atmospheric conditions be arrested for further interrogation?
If believers are to be so pent up and stifled that they can't even mention how they really feel about the weather, they are going to end up with stress ulcers and mental depression.
But I guess the upshot of that is that the clergy will be provided with additional fodder to heap condemnation up the congregation for the purposes of sewing the seeds for further spiritual manipulation.
If this is how and to the extent to which a pastor should control a church, the minister should not be dumbfounded when hardly sticks around the parish for very long.
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.