Transcribed from Podcast #1 Ross and Carrie and Pastor Melissa Scott
Mistake #3 Ross & Carrie: “Then there was this long, white-haired security guard forcing this other lady, this disambulatory woman, like clearly she was tired and she wanted to be seated and he was like, NO NO we stand for the singing, get up. It was like one row away from us and two seats removed. We were just watching this. You need to live up to these expectations, get up! We know that you’re old and you may have a disability, but you MUST stand! You must stand, Jesus! And that was our first visit. Great impression right off the bat.”
Ross and Carrie prattle on some more, clearly appalled about the event they had witnessed with the security guard, how uncomfortable they felt, how they wanted to intervene. They even made it sound like our security guards run around the church aggressively finding feeble old ladies just so they can yank them out of their seats.
Well, contrary to the histrionic reenactment by the “not so dynamic duo,” here’s what actually happened: The white-haired security guard sits next to his wife each Sunday morning. She was not some stranger. Both he and his wife have been attending for 30+ years and they both know the directive laid down by Dr. Scott decades ago: “If you’re too sick to walk, then you stand. If you’re too sick to stand, then raise your hand. If you’re too sick to raise your hand, then lift your finger. If you’re too sick to move your finger, then blink your eyes.”
What Dr. Scott has always said is “do something!” Take some sort of faith action when you’re sick, rather than laying down in a defeated, passive state. Of course it’s been abused by modern-day, faith-healing hucksters like Ross and Carrie’s BFF, Peter Popoff or Jerkoff or whatever his name is. But even Jesus commanded people to meet him half way, “Rise up and walk.” He didn’t say, “Lay there like a beaten-down dog you poor wretch and I’ll throw you a healing bone.” No, the sick and lame had to take some sort of faith action while believing in His words of healing.
So once again, Dr. Scott was consistent with his values. The Sunday before he died he felt awful, way too sick to come to church. But he willed himself to deliver his final message of faith to the congregation — and show up he did. Of course Ross and Carrie aren’t literate enough in the original language of the New Testament to know that belief and faith are not synonymous terms. Even Satan “believes” in God with fear and trembling, so what’s so great about being a believer? Yet they carry it as a badge of past honor that they were former “believers.” Belief alone isn’t going to help anybody, it is merely one component of faith. Faith requires action while trusting in God’s promises.
Anyways, not to get too theological, nor reveal too much about their personal lives, but the security guard’s wife came down with a medical condition roughly twelve years ago that has left her incapacitated in certain ways. The man, however, has stuck by her side without the aid of a nurse and he has been her sole caretaker all this time. So, no, our security guards do not run rampant seeking out old women to bully. This was a man with his wife. Even so, his action was not random nor mean-spirited, harsh or extremist like R&C tried to make it out to be with their histrionics. This man, of all people, knows what physical activities his wife is capable of performing — far better than the judgmental duet podcasting about it.
And this is what gets me about Ross and Carrie. They claim to be these free-thinking, liberated atheists, yet they’re little more than two sniveling, evangelical Christians who’ve merely switched sides of the street. That same obnoxious, self-righteous spirit that is so quick to judge and condemn others before they even know the whole story is so typical of evangelicals. I wonder how long they’d last as caretaker and nurse if their spouse suffered the same fate? God only knows, but they certainly have no problem assessing another person’s difficult situation in a matter of seconds before passing their all-knowing judgment upon him.
Mistake #4: Church Security
I’m not going to quote everything that Ross and Carrie said on the matters of security and overall church operations because they go on and on about it. Suffice it to say, they freak out that the service is not public; they freak out that a reservation is required; they freak out that there is a sign out front warning potential disruptors that doing so is a crime; they freak out that we have volunteer security guards and off-duty policeman keeping the peace; they freak out that they have to sit in assigned seats and they can’t roam about freely talking on their cell phones; they freak out that there are no fellowship groups…and to all of this they assign the warning, “red flags.”
All I can say is, somebody’s expectations are skewed. Dr. Scott used to teach on Watchman Nee’s The Normal Christian Life and how abnormal the real Christian life would appear to modern-day churchmen who have conformed to the world’s way of doing things. Besides, Ross and Carrie would probably prefer we all get gunned down like pigs than take security seriously. Have they not been watching the news and the spate of church shootings? Lovely people those armed secularists. So tolerant and peace loving.
Suffice it to say, our Pastor’s safety and our congregation’s safety is much more important to us than Ross and Carrie’s comfort. Their smart-ass remarks and lackadaisical attitude belies their general contempt and bias towards the Christian church in general.
– Richard Harvey is a journalism major from San Francisco and a guest poster on this site.