Yesterday’s assignment was to write a blog post saying exactly what we want, to the person or persons we really want to talk to. We were also to include a new element in our post, one that we have never worked with before. I have never embedded a photo into my blog posts so I will attempt to do that a bit later in the post. Here is what I really want, without filter, to say.
There are lots of people I really want to speak to directly, under the illusory protective umbrella of this blog. To choose one group out of many is a somewhat daunting task, but today I’m feeling like speaking to those who proclaim themselves Christians, and miraculously, devout Christians.
Not all, but many of them, by my humble moral standards and mandatory incomplete understanding of scripture and the Christ, love to slavishly quote the Bible without having the foggiest notion of what it really tells us.
Thank God for Martin Luther. These people will still have a chance to gain heaven through their faith alone. For their works are not only not good works but are often cruel and damaging works, and can also include disdain for and the absence of good works. Yes, they are charitable, but just as they cherry pick Bible verses to support their profound misunderstanding of their role as Christians, they cherry pick whom to be generous with. Like the Pharisee in the parable of the Good Samaritan they judge who is and who is not deserving of their charity.
Somehow they believe that because they are more pious and devout and “Better Christians” than others they somehow deserve most favored VIP status here on earth and extra compensations from the divine coffers. They demand that absolutely everyone accept certain of their doctrine, while personally ignoring other of their religion’s precepts. They malign those religions whom they accuse of violently forcing everyone to convert, while expecting everyone to accept that theirs is the only true religion and thus the only moral arbiter.
They advocate for an American theocracy, claiming Biblical law supersedes Constitutional law, while condemning other theocracies across the world as authoritarian fanatics.
I could go on.
Before I go let me illuminate just one hypocrisy I see in the western, predominately racially white, Christian Church. Jesus was undoubtedly a Palestinian. Had he been tall, white and blue eyed he would have been suspect and likely would have had a difficult time convincing his Jewish followers that he was the messiah.
So, did Jesus look like Barry Gibb?
Or like a common era Jew?
I’m not sure this second guy would be real popular with the TSA. Not to mention he would be persona non grata to certain other currently newsworthy persons.
I thought we were created in God’s image, not the other way around.
let me guess, you consider yourself atheist, maybe gnostic? it seems as if people professing christian-beliefs irk you. why?
2Meta, I really like you comment as it helped me realize that it was incomplete.
wrote a lengthy reply, which was obviously meant for my eyes only, as I hit the wrong button and it disappeared. Suffice it to say that I am a Christian. I understand how you can feel my criticism of certain of the practices of certain people who claim to be Christians but do not act like Christians are the words of a Gnostic or unbeliever. All in all I’m glad you brought this up that I might respond.
The why of believing how I do comes from the concept of the three legged stool common to the Episcopal denomination. We are to know God through faith, scripture and reason. My faith tells me that God loves me as he loves every living soul. Scripture tells me that if we do not serve each of those whom he loves then we do not serve him. Reason tells me that if a person says one thing and does another then that person is a hypocrite and not to be trusted.
So if one claims to be a Christian with his mouth but does not display love and service to all through his observable works in the physical world, then he cannot be what he claims, and will only be saved by faith. I do not necessarily believe that man is saved by faith alone and thus mankind might not either be saved in that way. You may not agree with that theology, and perhaps we could discuss and debate it. But my points are not lightly taken. For me, we must do good works, both as individuals and as nations, to save our world.
I also believe that the political and social justice ramifications of the actions of the people I reference are of great import to today’s issues. This disturbs me a great deal, and part of my call to evangelize involves speaking what is in my heart, mind and soul to those I feel are misguided.
Thanks again for waking me up.