One should never rely too much on anything from the godless liberals at CNN. So my first reaction when reading about the arrest of a snake-handling pastor in Kentucky was mistrust. After all, how could anyone be sure this wasn’t just another media invention like the lie that Osama Bin Laden hasn’t been captured, or that peace hasn’t been restored in Iraq.
Once the story subsequently appeared on other news agencies not owned by men who have not shamelessly called Jane Fonda their wife, I realised that it was indeed correc. Government officials really have been persecuting a gentle country pastor who has simply dared to take the Bible seriously.
Now while I fully realise the minister in question was probably just a spittle-flecked (now that Father Jake’s is closed I feel duty-bound to use that expression occasionally for the sake of a fine reader from Mexico who enjoys it almost as much as I do) Baptist, this matter raises an important question for Anglicans with a similar respect for Biblical liturgy. After all, it’s common knowledge that many of the biggest names in GAFCON have enjoyed handling their snake in private for years.
And why shouldn’t they? Just as GAFCON Christians know the Scriptures teach unnatural urges are unnatural (even when they’ve come quite naturally to the person feeling them), so do we also know the Bible specifically states Believers have authority over their serpents. Which means that if anyone wants to take my snake they’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands.
I’m Father Christian and I teach the Bible.