Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The constant struggle for purity

Ok, this is great. I don't normally make fun of blogs that link to me, but this is awesome.

Some guy who posts at TheTallSkinnyKiwi linked to my piece about Mike Driscoll blaming women for the ills of Ted Haggard. But his post was truly bizarre. In it, TSK discusses how he is "aware of the constant struggle for purity and the increased pressure that travel adds to it." His warning, at length, to would-be traveling missionaries is that hotels are dens of spiritual inequity. Avoid them at all costs, unless their pricey:
Heres the deal. Hotels can be treacherous places for people of God to stay at because of the spiritual residue from weird and dark things that have happened in that room. OK - some of you will think me loony here. And some of you don't believe in demons. But let me play it out.

Hotels, like a particular house in New Orleans, have been the ruin of many a poor boy. Some hotels are famous for the part they had to play in the destruction of careers and downfall of movie stars. Fatty Arbuckle at St Francis Hotel, San Francsico (pictured above) comes to mind every time i walk by that hotel. And there are others.

Hotels are often places where anonymously weird, perverted, dangerous, evil things of a dark nature happen [Ted Haggard's room?]- all attracting the attention and the attachment of evil spirits. Permission is granted to those spirits in those places and I don't think that permission is withdrawn once the people are gone. That means if you end up in a hotel room where weird things have just happened [Ted Haggard's room?] you really need to do some kung fu in that room and cleanse it out before you put your bags down and settle in for the night. Really. And someone close to you should know where you are. And, I argue, why do church ministers all have to stay in nice hotels anyway? [Well, those are only the places they stay when they're not having drug-fueled gay sex.]
Huh. Good question. Maybe because the expensive places have a less religiously uncool vibe? That they need to be sheltered from the gross affair that is the human condition? That they know where Ted Haggard has been hanging out in a meth haze doing "perverted, dangerous, evil things"? Because they sure as hell don't want to be there. The temptation would apparently be too great.


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