EDITOR'S DESK: ‘Blessed are the Children’ who attended parade

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 01:13 PM.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, being damned from a truck at the town Christmas parade…

Wait, that’s not how the song goes…

But that’s what happened for thousands of Crestview Christmas Parade attendees, who witnessed unusual negativity for a family friendly event as a street preacher denied Santa Claus’ existence and shouted anti-gay slurs and judgment from a megaphone.

The News Bulletin asked one of the street preaching truck’s organizers for his reaction to some residents’ outrage.

His answer? The ministry believes it’s simply spreading the Gospel — a reasonable explanation, as firebrand fundamentalists believe many of today’s Christians submit to a touchy-feely God who “lets everyone in,” regardless of sin.

However, this strict adherence and literal interpretation of the Bible tends to ignore a key passage: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” In John’s Gospel, Jesus advises the scribes and Pharisees to avoid judging a woman caught in adultery. Therefore, since everyone sins, it’s hypocritical to call out others’ mistakes and pass judgment — that’s the Word of the Lord, for believers.

Thus, despite claims to the contrary, the preaching interrupted a family outing without just cause, effectively calling on folks to worship a false god that allows a mere mortal to declare another mortal’s eternal fate.

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