So I’m flipping channels and I come across Rod Parsley’s Breakthrough program. I’ve talked about Parsley before and some of the astonishingly stupid things he’s said. But this one may take the cake. He was – naturally – begging for money and making outlandish promises of what would happen if his credulous followers would just “sow their seed of faith”. I’ve heard all sorts of sales pitches for that, but this one I’d never heard before – he was promising them “supernatural protection from deception”.
Specifically, he said that God would bless them with three things. He would make sure they heard His voice more clearly than ever; he would make sure they were “protected from the deceptions of the adversary” (Satan, presumably, but perhaps Bill Clinton); and my personal favorite, he promised them that they would receive protection from making bad decisions – but only for one year. Just think how braindead someone has to be to fall for this kind of nonsense.
They have to believe that avoiding bad decisions is not a function of weighing one’s choices carefully or thinking out all of the options and their results. No, avoiding bad decisions just requires sending $50 to the guy on TV and he’ll take care of it for you. What a relief. I can’t send a check to Rod Parsley and not have to think about my choices for an entire year. That’s such a relief. Thinking hurts my head anyway. What to hear something frightening? These idiots have the right to vote.