After a bleary-eyed late night of Tar Heel basketball, made more bearable by a late-game push that got them a road victory against uber-rival Duke, I can report that I have now seen it all. As usual, I tried to see what the world was broadcasting under the name of religion during the commercials and halftime. This time, I think I've seen everything. Most of the night was nothing new. Rod Parsley asking for money to redeem slaves in Sudan is nothing new. (What happens to them after they're set free? What do the slavers do with the money? I won't even get into what's wrong with that...) Neither is anything new about Benny Hinn working a stadium full of people into a money-giving frenzy. (Okay, so seeing Steve Brock with a youthful queer-eye-for-the-preacher-guy makeover was a shocker, and Benny's pink shirt made me want to turn down the contrast on my TV, but that's just par for the course with them.)
What was new? I saw this woman. She was angry. She was screeching at the camera and her audience. She jerked around on the sound stage like she had too much caffine. Her voice was the most annoying thing I have ever heard, topping even Rush's Geddy Lee trying to sing. (If you don't know what I mean, consider yourself lucky.) She jabbed her head out on her neck as she delivered her choppy, curt sentences. She looked to be physically to be dehydrated and tired. The shots of the audience revealed a deer-in-the-headlights look. I have never seen anything like this before. This woman was having a meltdown on national television. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. "Religious" television has sunk to a new low. Honestly, if this was Christianity I would not be a Christian. I'd renouce it and go to Buddhism. At least there you get some peace and quiet. I don't see how anyone could watch this stuff and not be completely put off. The mind boggles.
Who was it? I never saw her name or anything. I turned over later to the same channel and saw James and Betty Robison's endless fundraiser Life Today concluding, so I guess it was that show. They do have "Beth Moore: Wednesdays with Beth". The woman there looks a little bit like the woman I saw.
I think the answer is to stop even turning over to this stuff and watch some other channel.