Did the House of Representatives stenographer crack, or is she a modern-day Jeremiah?
Tom McDonald, who blogs at God and the Machine, followed up on the story, and what he gives us is another story altogether. His is a story about a woman who felt called by God to speak out.
According to a Daily Beast interview with her husband, Dianne Reidy experienced a mega dose of what all the rest of us got as she watched the shutdown shenanigans.
He recalls, “She was just like, ‘Gosh, this is not what it’s about.’”
Politics causes something akin to what her husband describes here as a natural by-product of focusing on the issues. You can fight someone like a dog one day and form an alliance with them on something else the next.
That truly is the nature of the political beast, and it’s not evil. It is just a factor of the reality that we agree with one another on some things and disagree on others.
But this recent shutdown fight, and all the other partisan bloodletting that preceded it, went much deeper and was far more tawdry than the usual pragmatic need to work together when you agree and go at each other when you don’t.
This was not about the issues. It was about power. On both sides, the focus was themselves. The country could be damned.
I can understand how any honest person would have been sickened to be part of it, on either side. That’s what I thought had happened. I thought Mrs Reidy cracked from being too close to the raw hatred and blind ambition that is governing the people who are tasked with governing our country.
But it turns out there was another element. Mrs Reidy told her husband that she had been awakened in the night for many nights with what she believed was a call from the Holy Spirit to speak out.
I’ve witnessed the way that politicians use God to justify themselves. I seen up close how elected officials who campaigned and were elected on their faith in Jesus turn around and kick Him to the curb with what they actually do. I have also witnessed the unbelievable hubris of politicians who have convinced themselves that God is made in their image and everything they do is right because it is god (little g) ordained.
And it is sickening.
To see up close the way they treat the Lord Jesus grieves you. It can send you home a wreck.
I’ve been there.
I have never been forced to participate in anything as ugly as what has been going on in Congress these past years. I’ve only seen it in the small-time House of Representatives of the itty bitty State of Oklahoma. And it was all I could bear.
So, do I believe that the Holy Spirit may have called Mrs Reidy to stand up in the House of Representatives and dramatically announce “He will not be mocked” ???
Yes. I do.
It’s also no mystery to me why He asked her, and not the Speaker of the House of any of the other hundreds of people at that vote, including members of the press.
She was probably the only one there who was listening to Him.
I don’t know this, of course, but I think it’s very possible, that out of all of them, this woman was the only one in that entire assembly who was open enough to the Holy Spirit to hear His voice. After all, they were engaging in an unholy hate-off whose only limit seems to have been the parameters of their own ambitions. God is not a part of that kind of equation, no matter how much its human operands may claim that He is.
It was, is, always has been, about them.
They are the only gods they worship.
This is just as true of the members of the national press who reported this shindig as it is for the politicians who created it.
If God used a stenographer to proclaim that He would not be mocked to those who had been mocking Him to such great profit for so long, there’s nothing surprising in it to me.
I just hope that the boys and girls in that room — as well as all the rest of us — have the good sense to listen.
From Tom McDonald:
When I first heard that a congressional stenographer had grabbed a microphone and started ranting about Masonic conspiracies on the floor of the House, I assumed she’d had some sort of mental break. That’s always a safe guess when people deviate from the script in public, and it wasn’t helped by the lack of clear audio in the video clip that circulated on the internet.
She may well have had some kind of break, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, and trusting the media to report factually and objectively is, quite obviously, foolish. It’s always best to wait for some primary sources before drawing conclusions.
This is, as near as I can tell, an accurate report on what Dianne Reidy said on the House floor:
He will not be mocked! This is not one Nation under God. It never was. The greatest deception here is this is not one Nation under God! It never was. Had it been, it would not have been! The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons! You cannot serve two masters! You cannot serve two masters! Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.
I know! Crazytalk! Get the men in the white coats!
Honestly, is there anything in that paragraph that says, “nuts” to you?Anything at all? Because I got nothing here.