What, no flagellation?

Mayor dresses down for city `day of prayer’- al.com

Maybe next year.

The smell of burlap and the ominous tones of James Earl Jones reading Revelation mixed with free-form individual prayer from more than 1,000 people who came to Boutwell Auditorium Friday night to observe what was proclaimed by Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford as “a day of prayer in sackcloth and ashes.”

“Luke… I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name… This is CNN.”

Organized with the help of Steve Green, pastor of More Than Conquerors Faith Church, Langford called for the sackcloth rally inspired by the biblical story of the city of Nineveh. After hearing the preaching of Jonah, residents of Nineveh wore sackcloth and ashes as a sign of repentance.

Huh. And what happened to Nineveh?

Nineveh’s greatness was short-lived. About 633 BC the Assyrian empire began to show signs of weakness, and Nineveh was attacked by the Medes, who about 625 BC, joined by the Babylonians and Susianians, again attacked it. Nineveh fell in 612 BC, and was razed to the ground. The people in the city who could not escape to the last Assyrian strongholds in the west, were either massacred or deported. Many unburied skeletons were found by the archaeologists at the site. The Assyrian empire then came to an end, the Medes and Babylonians dividing its provinces between them.

So we have that to look forward to. Anyway, Larry wasn’t the only crazy person involved:

The Rev. T.L. Lewis of Bethel Baptist Church in Pratt City delivered a long and emotional sermon during the two-hour rally. His message focused on God’s call to Jonah to preach to Nineveh.

“We came to charge the enemy,” Lewis said. “We want the devil to come out.”

He asked the audience to pray for Langford. He said he believed God was at work in allowing Langford to be elected mayor without a runoff in a crowded field of candidates.

“Only God could have done that,” he said.

He said there were forces opposing Langford but he would prevail with God’s protection.

“Whatever the enemy may do,” Lewis said, “he is wasting his arsenal.

“It doesn’t matter what they write,” he said, dismissing negative press coverage of the mayor as “journalistic terrorism.”

Wait, does that make this bloggistic terrorism? I don’t want a visit from Homeland Security. Speaking of, doesn’t George Bush think that God elected him President?

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5 responses to “What, no flagellation?

  1. The P-R ran a picture of Mayor Langford this morning in his burlap regalia. Husband felt that the polo shirt worn underneath the sack pretty much erased any mortification of the flesh factor. Next time they plan one of these events, maybe they should hire a Roman Catholic consultant.

  2. I’m uploading a picture, maybe the same one. You can clearly see the Nike swoosh on the sleeve.

  3. Well, I meant “polo” in a generic way. But I gladly cede to the swoosh. I wonder if Nike paid for product placement.

    And yes, it’s the same picture. What drew my attention is the weird way his wife—surely that’s his wife—is holding onto his arm.

  4. I normally use “golf shirt” for the generic term, but I understood what you meant. Just Do It!

  5. you could easily divide the world into the people who see this story and think “oh my god, how can anyone be such an idiot” and the people who voted for larry langford. sadly for intelligent people in b’ham and jeffco, there are a lot more of the former than the latter in b’ham.

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