An Emotional Ploy
For those of you who don’t go to church and can’t be bothered to sit through their boring sermons, I thought I’d bring to light some of the things that are being said to the people in our community in churches. What is the genesis of the ideas Christians have, and what sort of messages are being spread?
Dr. Moore tells a story of how he and his wife went to Russia to adopt two children. When he and his wife got to the orphanage, they were surprised to discover that even though the place was filled with babies, it was completely quiet. Children don’t cry when no one is there to help them, you see. After spending a week with the two kids they were going to adopt, with them being quiet the entire time, they prepared to leave. The kids would have to stay at the orphanage and would be sent for later after the paperwork had gone through. As Dr. Moore and his wife went to leave, the children started crying. Dr. Moore said this is because they knew they had parents to hear them, and that this is exactly like us crying out to God for help. God is our adopted father (as evidenced in Romans 8:15).
The metaphor goes on, though. He also spoke about people who didn’t think they were real Christians because they didn’t “hear” god speaking to them in their head. He said this was normal, and it’s kinda like orphans not feeling like they have parents or a home even when they really do.
The kids he adopted at first wanted to go back to their orphanage. They didn’t realize what a terrible place it was and how great their new home would be. This is exactly like people who aren’t saved, he said. They love their time on earth, and they don’t realize how great they’re going to have it in heaven.
At the end, he says, “Some of you in this room are orphaned now. Some of you in this room do not know what it means to find a father in the God of Jesus Christ.” He then implores you to be adopted by God.
This is really despicable stuff. Dr. Moore takes all the emotions people have about their parents and co-opts it towards religion. This guy really poured it on thick, too. There is a lot of emotion in stories of adopted children. The preacher pulled as much emotion and attachment to parents as he could out of his story and channelled it straight into our “relationship” with God. Whenever I see people after they’ve lost their faith and become atheists, it’s obvious that they have deep emotional trauma inflicted by religion. This sort of sermon is the start of the emotional hooks religion tries to get into you. I see this guy trying to get people to love something that doesn’t exist, and I know the road they’re going down. It’s one of total emotional dependence. Know how you often hear Christians say, “I’m nothing without God”? This sermon is the start of that sort of thing. That lost feeling you feel? That’s the absence of God in your life.