Well I had one of those occasions today. Except it was not about a specific person, but rather my church.
My church, back in the day, was one of those churches that never had a dull moment. God was either rocking the socks of the place, or, if He was seemingly absent, we would witness 2-3 scandals in His stead which was just as entertaining and fulfilling for the gossip rings.
Most of the time, it revolved around either adulatory, people leaving church, or teenagers rebelliously going to movie theaters. But every now and then, one of the scandals revolved around a polemic against the modern novelty and/or favorite children’s trend of that era.
Let me give you an example:
One time, in the 80’s, a lady at my church had a dream about these things:
These William Howard Taft looking things are called Cabbage Patch Dolls. But it was not just any old dream about these “Cabbage Patch Dolls” (I have no idea where they got the name from), but rather it was an informative dream that revealed to the dreamer from the heavens above, that the Cabbage Patch Dolls were in fact….DEMONIC.
And this set off fire storm at my church….
Just like Christians had a Record Burning of Beatles’ records in the 1960’s…
So too, was there a search high and low within the households of our church patrons to make sure every cabbage patch doll and every remaining vestige of cabbage patch dolls were exiled from the houses.
Of course, we can all easily discern years later, that the struggle was not one of the demonic but rather a simple mix-up of confusing ugliness for the satanic. I too, am quick to make a judgment on that which is aesthetically displeasing to the eye as being demonic. I do this all the time at my initial observation of Barbara Bush...
Of course we all know Barbara Bush is not demonic, but the principle is there: Weirdness in looks and uncertainty about certain trends will predictably result in allegations of the trend being demonic.
Another example which was more in line with my age of development as a toddler:
If I remember correctly, there was even fear of any one of the following as being possessed: Care Bears, Power Rangers, Teletubbies (the purple one of course being a little too flamboyant with his purple costume and purse), He-Man, AOL online cd’s offering free internet service, Barney, Pokemon, and Furbies.
I’m so curious, what are some of the weirder polemics that you have witnessed around your church (these more likely than not will be unique to the church and not necessarily international polemics)?