Vis-à-vis With God

Warning Clouds

God is not a weapon. God is not a sword to be welded against another child of God. God is not personal property. He does not exclusively belong to you or to anyone else.

You are not God’s press agent speaking in his name and organizing his activities. The words God has for you he whispers directly into your ear. He doesn’t need an intermediary. Nor does he need someone to take action for him –haven’t you heard about Noah’s ark?

Please stop speaking for God. And if you need someone to tell you what God is saying, then you are not listening to him because you’ve given your ears to someone else.

The Second Commandment says not to take the name of God in vain. This means not to use his name for your own personal agenda. Otherwise prepare to roast in Hell as you are being blasphemous. Furthermore, if you expect others to have respect for your religion, respect theirs as well. You know, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31).

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, recently tweeted the following:

Pompeo’s tweet is pompous and out of place. First of all, the Vatican has been around much longer than Pompeo and will outlast him as well. The Vatican has no need for his advice. Pompeo is an Evangelical Presbyterian, not a Catholic. He should have more regard for other religions.

Furthermore, saying that “The Vatican endangers its moral authority should it renew its deal [with China]” is, once again, pompous. Pompeo is not in a position to talk about moral authority. Nor to judge the morals of others because, once again referring to the Bible, Jesus says “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7).

Pompeo and the administration he’s entangled with have zero credibility (ex. their initial claims re: COVID that cost the death of 200,000 Americans). Whatever claims they have about the Chinese and Catholics is just another version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf “. Because of their capitalistic demands, Pompeo and Co. have embarked upon a diplomatic war on China and simply want to bully the Vatican into being their accomplice. But Pope Francis, a Jesuit, has a soul as strong as steel. It’s not flabby and out of shape like the souls of power hungry politicians who use the name of God to pacify their own greed.

Pompeo will be in Rome next week. I hope he likes spaghetti.


Related: Pompeo contro il Vaticano: “Non rinnovi l’accordo con la Cina” + The article referred to in Pompeo’s tweet comes from HERE, an article he wrote for “First Things”,  a publication of the Institute on Religion and Public Life…once again, the mixing of Church and State + Pompeo Ramps Up Diplomatic War on China

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that : The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Separation of church and state in the United States

Establishment Clause….The Establishment Clause acts as a double security, for its aim is as well the prevention of religious control over government as the prevention of political control over religion. Under it the federal government of the United States as well as the governments of all U.S. states and U.S. territories are prohibited from establishing or sponsoring religion.

“In God We Trust” was adopted by Congress in 1956…”Some groups and people have objected to its use, contending that its religious reference violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.[9] These groups believe the phrase should be removed from currency and public property. In lawsuits, this argument has not overcome the interpretational doctrine of accommodationism, which allows government to endorse religious establishments as long as they are all treated equally”

History of ‘In God We Trust…”The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. ” This happened in 1861, way after the First Amendment of 1791. Therefore, the phrase is a violation of the Constitution.

Nun Who Heads Catholic Lobby Group ‘Horrified‘ by Trump Prayer Breakfast Appearance…When asked about this year’s Catholic Prayer Breakfast Sister Simone Campbell said “I am horrified that they are giving an award to Attorney General Barr who had reinstituted executions of people on death row, which is shocking and counter to Catholic social teaching. It is abundantly clear, ‘thou shalt not kill’, and he is doing that and he is being given an award.”

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