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Every now and then some noteworthy person writes something about Christianity (the religion I hold to, despite the negative vocal minority) that I completely agree with.

Quoting from CNN:

CNN Editor's note: Jay Bakker, son of former Praise The Lord leaders Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, is minister of Revolution Church and subject of a new documentary series, "One Punk Under God," on Sundance Channel. Marc Brown is a Revolution staff member.

What the hell happened? Where did we go wrong? How was Christianity co-opted by a political party? Why are Christians supporting laws that force others to live by their standards? The answers to these questions are integral to the survival of Christianity.
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So when did the focus of Christianity shift from the unconditional love and acceptance preached by Christ to the hate and condemnation spewed forth by certain groups today?
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This brings us to the big issues of American Christianity: Abortion and gay marriage. These two highly debatable topics will not be going away anytime soon. Obviously, the discussion centers around whether they are right or wrong, but is the screaming really necessary? After years of witnessing the dark side of religion, Marc and I think not.

Christians should be able to look past their differences and agree to disagree. This allows people to discuss issues with respect for one another. Christians are called to love others just as they are, without an agenda. Only then will Christianity see a return to its roots: Loving God with all of your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself.

Full story here

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dogcandy
Dec. 14th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Why accept something that you can't understand the logic behind when you can over time force that thing to bend to your will?

There are tools that give people power over others, such is the basis of inequaity as people will look for a way to get that power. Why? Dunno, comfort of logic where everyone agrees probably.
cloudtiger
Dec. 14th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
[begin rant here]

What is America's philosophy towards equality? "Seperate, but equal?" Yeah, fuck that. Seperate has NEVER been equal.

So, seperate's equal, huh? Okie dokie. Let's just ask our usual black guy to see if he's been treated properly since segregation. Let's ask women if they actually care that they are disregarded in politics and that they just finally got a right to vote. Let's ask an American arab guy who works the convenient stores on the street if he feels okay knowing that people discriminate him because of 9/11 - even though he PERSONALLY had nothing to do with the attack. Ohh - let's as a fellow Hispanic if he feels like HIS rights have been violated as of late with this whole illegal immigration debocle.

...and then my favorite... let's ask the gays and lesbians if they feel like their rights are violated. We all know the answer to this question. All we want is the same rights that straight couples have when they marry. When we file our taxes during the year, what check mark do we have to check even if we've been with our lover for many years? That's right - single. How about adoption? How about building a family? It really satisfies me to know that my boyfriend and I could get hurt, possibly killed if we were to be seen holding hands on the side of the street. OMG two guys kissing!!! OMG! Beat them! Seperate, but equal? ...my ass...

America is by far the greatest country in the world. But I strongly agree that the wrong people have the most power, and that people hate the most here. Nothing will ever change about that - that's it. Even the most hardcord dedicated Christian has pent-up deep emotions inside that force him to hate someone. *cough cough Mel Gibson cough cough*

So, people suck. Even I do. I suck at everything. That's why I try my best every day to NOT suck. That way, I might have a great place waiting for me when I leave this horrible hate-filled place.

[end rant here]
hastka
Dec. 15th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
So when did the focus of Christianity shift from the unconditional love and acceptance preached by Christ to the hate and condemnation spewed forth by certain groups today?

I don't know... when were the crusades, again? :)
hastka
Dec. 15th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oops, should've used my other icon. :)
cloudtiger
Dec. 15th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Bah - what an appropriate icon! X-D

I love it. <3 <3 <3
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