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When God Talks To Me

I remember the first time I got really manic. I did a lot of crazy things. Perhaps one of the craziest things I did was to go down to the United Nations in Manahattan and tell them I had a message from God. But don’t you know it that society has a double standard when it comes to the Almighty talking to somebody. And in America is all comes down to the dollar sign. 

Alright here’s the thing, when the psychiatrists eventually found out that I claimed God was speaking to me I was committed to a psychiatric hospital. Perhaps I should have told them that I was running for president as a Republican candidate. Maybe that would have gotten me some sympathy. After all in the recent election Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and  Ted Cruz all claimed some sort of divine guidance in running for president. In the process they all lost. Perhaps it was God’s plan to motivate these men so that Donald Trump could wind up winning. And if you believe that last line then allow me to sell you a bridge in Brooklyn.

Another group of people who get a pass seem to be television evangelists and preachers in general. It seems like God is always giving them some sort of message. Oral Roberts once said that if he didn’t collect eight million dollars “God was going to call him home”. The way I felt about this was that I wanted to collect eight million dollars to ensure God would indeed call him home.

Here is some jokes I heard about television evangelists. “It’s remarkable that when t.v. evangelists are going to cure somebody God will reveal to them both the city a person lives in and their illness but for some reason God keeps the name hidden.”

Or how about this one. “I believe in reincarnation so I don’t mind stepping on a cockroach. I mean what lower life form can they come back as, a television evangelist?”

So what is it about society that these double standards exist. That when a rich and powerful person says they talk to God they get a free pass. Not only is their sanity not questioned but they are not even challenged about the legitimacy of their statement. I mean why weren’t there follow up questions to these candidates asking what happened to their conversations with the Almighty?

As far as television evangelists go I think it is obvious to everyone that all they care about is the money. Everyone except their followers that is. Jesus was a homeless man who told us to store our treasures up in heaven. Also he said if you want to be perfect, sell all you have and give it to the poor, and then come follow me. Seems today nobody wants to be perfect.

Which makes a perfect segue into my memoirs “More Than The Madness”. There was a time when I did try to give all that I had to the poor and I wound up getting committed into a psychiatric hospital for my efforts. https://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/more-than-the-madness.html

I keep my conversations with God private for the time being, thank you very much.

When God Talks To Me

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2017). When God Talks To Me. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2017/12/when-god-talks-to-me/


Last updated: 11 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Dec 2017
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