June 22, 2005
Ethics Troubles Could Keep DeLay Out of Heaven
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been in the hot seat for months over alleged ethics violations. But the white-hot glare of the media spotlight pales in comparison to the heat that the Texas Republican will experience if ethics charges result in Mr. DeLay being 'left behind' to face a seven-year period of war, disease, famine and natural disaster known as the Tribulation.
Experts cite strict Biblical prohibition against taking bribes
By Deanna Swift
WASHINGTON, DC—For months House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been in the hot seat over alleged ethics violations. But sources close to the powerful Texas Republican say that the white-hot glare of the media spotlight pales in comparison to the heat that Mr. DeLay will experience if ethics charges result in him being ‘left behind’ to face the seven-year period of war, disease, famine and natural disaster known as the Tribulation.
What’s more, even Mr. DeLay's fans who believe that the born-again Congressman will be Raptured up to heaven along with millions of other Christians warn that he could face more challenges when he reaches Heaven. At issue: strict Biblical prohibitions against accepting bribes in any form.
Love from above
It is the moment that the fifty-eight year old DeLay has been dreaming of since he became a born-again Christian in 1985: the Rapture, the summoning up to Heaven of millions of believers. Those lucky enough to make the trip skyward will leave behind nothing but their clothing, shoes, jewelry and prosthetic devices—and millions of their unsaved brethren.
Or left behind?
But sources close to the Sugarland, TX Republican say that he is increasingly worried that he might not be making the trip. What's the holdup? A smear campaign against DeLay orchestrated by the Democratic Party and broadcast by the liberal media across this world—and quite possible into the next.
"He's understandably nervous," says a friend and confidant of DeLay's. "At a certain point it’s less important what the Majority Leader actually did then what it is folks are saying about him. The concern is that He’s going to hear some of these charges and believe them before Tom has a chance to clear his name."
Thou shalt not accept bribes
While the Bible doesn’t mention ethical violations, lobbyists or corporate donations per se, the Book is crystal clear on the matter of bribery, particularly bribes that are given and received in the interest of perverting justice. "Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous," warns Exodus 23:8. "Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside," reads Job 36:18.
Now, even some of his colleagues are beginning to distance themselves from the GOP leader. "If you’re going to violate Biblical principles this probably isn't the one you want flout," says a DeLay aide who expects to be traveling skyward without the company of his boss.
Not everyone is convinced that the Majority Leader will be 'left behind' to endure seven years of Tribulation, marked by disease, famine, wars and natural disasters likely to wipeout some two-thirds of the world's population and lead to the end of the world as it is presently known.
A less popular view is that Mr. DeLay will be Raptured along with his fellow believers, but will fail to gain entry to Christ’s kingdom. This view holds that once Mr. DeLay reaches the Heavenly gates, he'll likely be turned away by Heavenly gatekeepers in possession of knowledge and documents regarding the Majority Leader's ethics scandals that even the House ethics panel hasn't seen.
The biggest election of all
In recent weeks, Mr. DeLay has begun to complain that the failure of the House ethics committee to meet threatens to imperil the midterm election he faces next year. But even more importantly say sources, the ethics scandal that DeLay wants so desperately to leave behind could leave him behind—to face seven years of Tribulation and an unpleasant choice: martyrdom or the antichrist.
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POOR DELAY!!!! BOO HOO! Best thing for him is to prove he is not guilty. If he wasn't afraid of truth he would let the investigation go on. So you know I think he is bad boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ZLD in Illinois
Posted by: ZLD | June 23, 2005 06:45 PM
Oh he won't be Delayed going to heaven. But once there he may spend his time sweating blood polishing the gold pavement under His feet. Just keep your own gaze upon the Lord and he will make straight your path. We all must face God and answer for our own deeds. Pray for him, he'll need it. God bless you all.
Posted by: Godheadt3 | June 23, 2005 01:24 PM
i think the decision as to who does and does not enter heaven, and if not why not, will be made above our pay grade. however if delay is on the "no" list he will have plenty of company from the ranks of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
Posted by: "gunner" | June 23, 2005 09:21 AM
I think we should pray for the forgiveness of his sins, and the return of the money. Maybe if he goes to Iraq that would count as Hell.
Posted by: John Bartley | June 23, 2005 07:45 AM
Book it; he's in.
The Big Guy Upstairs
Posted by: God | June 23, 2005 07:20 AM
Helen Wheels: re "Don't they have an 'out,' like confession or something ..." As I recall hearing in my right-wing Texas businessmen's church when I was growing up, the 'out' is that once you've accepted Christ into your heart, all sins are forgiven, simply by being saved/born again/washed in the blood of the lamb/whatever. Don't know how this squares with anything in the Bible, but I do remember it being said. Though it was never stated this bluntly, the basic gist is "He died for your sins so anything you do is okay, especially if it involves making money."
Posted by: deang | June 22, 2005 06:16 PM
Posted by: Tom McMahan | June 22, 2005 11:24 AM
I just find it ironic that these extreme fundamentalist Christians are all members of the party who is doing everything it can to rush the world toward "tribulation" by helping destroy the planet (ignoring global warming, lowering standards on pollution, etc.). They think they'll be saved from said destruction and we, the evil earth-loving heathenistic liberals, will perish. Hilarious!
This religion cracks me up no end. Don't they have an 'out,' y'know, like confession or something, as the Catholic religion does? That would solve everything for DeLay. If not, yeah, in that unforgiving sect, he is toast :)
Posted by: helen wheels | June 22, 2005 11:21 AM
Tom has nothing to worry about. He has no soul.
Posted by: John Joldersma | June 22, 2005 09:30 AM