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[Sep. 2nd, 2005|12:54 pm]
John
In my blog at forthedream.com, I mentioned that, as I was coming of age, Christianity faced its greatest moral challenge of the day: the AIDS epidemic. Here were people who were sick and needed help... ah, but they needed help because of a disease caused by "sinful behavior"... as if Christianity didn't teach that all people were sinners, who fell far short of the message and the mission that Jesus brought to humanity.

Christianity flubbed it, I said, at least here in America.

Well, there's another challenge.

There are people who are actually claiming to be Christians, and spreading scorn for the victims of Katrina.

This is not the greatest moral challenge, by any stretch of the imagination. Nevertheless, the message, and the mission, are clear:

We have neighbors. They need help. If you can help, you help them. End of the story.

Anyone who tries to spin it more than that is not following the message or the mission. Remember the story of judgment day... those who fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, clothed the naked, these would be the people judged as righteous.


I, of course, am a Wiccan. There are those who say I have no right to speak about Christianity.

If they also say that there is any Christian duty higher than helping those who need help, let them make both statements to my face. It's been a poor week for me, and by the lord and lady, I could use a good laugh.
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[User Picture]From: blackthornglade
2005-09-02 08:57 pm (UTC)
I, of course, am a Wiccan. There are those who say I have no right to speak about Christianity.

*pft* I'd hazard a guess you grew up Christian and left. Gives you the right to comment. Besides. They feel the need to comment on the pagans and the heathens and every other religion under the sun...not being a part of it's no reason to think you can't comment.

If they also say that there is any Christian duty higher than helping those who need help, let them make both statements to my face. It's been a poor week for me, and by the lord and lady, I could use a good laugh.

Evangelizing and getting sinners to repent, lately. (Some of them, anyway.)

I think what sickens me most is the whole "God's judgement on those _____________". I've heard abortionists, homosexuals, and it being the protective hand of God being lifted from the US. (Seems to me some of our own evangelists were saying that back around 9/11, too). I saw one report from Wildhunt.Org about it being the fact that the city's full of sinners and....*loooks around wildly then whispers* all the voodoo....God hates that.

Hurricanes happen. Tornados happen. Tsunamis happen. Wildfires happen. The list goes on. Nutjobs will always look for someone to blame. I think we're just finding out there's more nutjobs out there than we thought.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-09-19 07:04 am (UTC)
Nod.

As it turns out, I feel a bit more free criticizing Christianity now I'm not a Christian, than I did when I was one. But, I do recognize that some people will claim that I have no right to speak for Christianity, because I'm not one of them.
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[User Picture]From: erin_c_1978
2005-09-03 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. You rock.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-09-19 07:04 am (UTC)
(Smile) and thank you.
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