(Ir seems this is one of my Blog posts that disappeared when MySpace dump user blogs without notice. Written in May, 2009 it something I could have written today…)
I was reading something by bysome Conservative Christian once again talking about the only two thngs that seem to matter to Conservative Christians (abortuon and same-sexx-marriage). This article said in so manu words that only by “standing” against “choice” and “standing against homosexul;aity” can America be made strong and Jesus be defended from the “Godless liberals”.when I suddenly thought:.
“The best way for Christians to defend Jesus is by doing what He asks of us.”
I am more than willing t admit that is much, much harder than it sounds.
If you aren’t faced with unwanted pregnancy or if you aren’t a person who is GBLT it very easy to be be anti-abortion and/or against same-sex marriage. Sorta like the way it is easy for a person who mught be alergic to peanuts to take a pass on a PB&J sandwhich.
But what Jesus requirres of those who would claim to call Him their Ultimate Authority really does demand that we go against what is natural for us. His commands requir e his Disciples to ignore “common sense”, and do what tthe world calls foolish and ridiculous.
Love your neighbor and treat your neighbor as you love and treat yourself.
Love your enemy.
Give to whoever asks asking nothing in return.
Don’t resist evil with violence.
Do not take revenge or retaliation.
Treat the poor and those in need as if they were Jesus Himself.
Whenever we who claim to be Christian look for wiggle room, or claim that Jesus did not mean us to follow his commands when “we” are in danger, ‘we” all but yell to the world that Jesus is /was an idiot who spouted nonsense .
The Historical record of the first three centuries of Christianity shows that Christians were willing to face persecution, torture, and horrendous deaths to follow and obey Jesus. And BTW:, the historians of the time seem to fail to record that Christians “whined or complained” as far as I can tell.
Yet American Conservative Cheistians have the NERVE to complain whenever they cannot get their way, they havee the effin nerve to claim they are being persecuted!
And when “christians” demand that in “God we trust” be printed on our money and claim to be a “Christian Nation”, while enganing in torute and deception in the name of “national Security”, are “we” really shouting to the world that God is NOT to be trusted?
Those who are greedy for unjust gain
make trouble for their households,
but those who hate bribes will live.– Proverbs 15:27
Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear … Christendom adjusts itself far too easiliy to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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