So, before I start let me reiterate … again … that I am no fan of organized religion, though I do carry with me my own personal beliefs. One of the reasons I loathe organized religion is that, oftentimes, its leaders are using their power as men, or women, of faith, to deceive folks, lie to folks, mistreat folks, break the law. And yet these people ask for our faith.
Case in point: Colorado Springs “Pastor” Michael Abromovich.
Last week Michael Abromovich was arrested for impersonating a U.S. Marshall in order to intimidate and rob gay men whom he had met online and arranged to meet for sex.
Yes, the “pastor” lied, robbed, and was all gay and shiz, but he asks your forgiveness because he’s dealing with a lot of stuff; Abromovich was recently diagnosed with cancer and has a new baby in the family. And y’all know how that makes normal men wanna play sheriff and meet The Gays for sex so you can beat ‘em up and rob ‘em; it’s an age old story.
According to police documents, a man named “Mike” posted ads on Craigslist offering to meet other men for a sexual encounter. Now, one of those men has come forward to say that he agreed to meet “Mike” at a Denver motel and when he did, “Mike” jumped from a car, shouted, “U.S. Marshall,” shoved him against the door, and then handcuffed and searched him. The man was then taken into a room at the motel and held at gunpoint — by what turned out to be a paintball gun. “Mike” told the man he was looking for evidence and then took the man’s laptop, iPad, iPhone, cash, debit card and his car keys.
Abromovich was caught after being pulled over for a traffic violation; he showed the officer his, um, “badge” and after the officer checked it out, he found that Abromovich was being sought by Colorado authorities. He was arrested and placed in the Maricopa County jail; now the not-so-good pastor is facing felony charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a peace officer.
He should have also been charged for impersonating a pastor; and a human being.
And before anyone jumps on my back, I’m not saying that all men of faith are this evil and this criminal, but when a man represents himself as a man of faith, and people gather together and hold him up as some sort of higher being and shower him with their love and adoration, and their money, and that man is a desperate criminal, this is what happens.
That isn’t faith. That’s foolishness.