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I don't know if this counts as a bad habit or not... [Oct. 4th, 2005|04:48 pm]
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But when I find myself following a link to a purportedly Christian site, I usually hit the feedback link, and end up asking questions referring to the gospels.

For example, I might ask why they request help for themselves, and have contribution links, but they have no mention of the problems of poverty and want. They have more links, perhaps, about homosexuality, than they have about how to feed the hungry, and help those less fortunate.

I admit it's judgmental, and clearly pointed questioning, but you know, a whole bunch of Christians are being cheated of the real joy that is the basis of Christianity. Christians should not be happy because they are special, and saved, and headed for eternal happiness; they should be transformed by love. (Note that I'm suggesting that this is better than thinking one is destined for eternal happiness.)

Bad habit? Pettiness? Or some combination of those with a bit of self-righteousness?

I don't know.

I do know that, now that I'm not a Christian, I'm finding it much, much easier to get angry at soi disant Christian leaders for misleading people about the true message. When I was a Christian, you see, it was like they were lying about me, and a man ought to be able to walk away from an insult to himself. Now, now they're misleading and betraying the trust of others, of people I care about... and that makes it really easy to get angry.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2005-10-05 01:45 am (UTC)
I thought you might want to see a Christian site:

http://www.elca.org/disaster/
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-10-19 09:28 pm (UTC)
A belated thank you for this, by the way.

Yes, I know that such Christian sites and organizations are out there, and it was good to see one to remind me directly.

I checked their legislative issues, and I kind-of knew that there weren't going to be things like "California considering legalizing gay marriage", but I had to see... and I see stuff about cuts in food stamps and something about a hospital losing tax breaks, possibly causing it to close its doors, and so forth.

I hope you know, I have no problems with Christianity, nor with Christians in general. I think that the greatest thing that could happen for this country would be for Christianity to find its true footing and experience a revival.

I'm awfully cynical about that happening, but then, these past few weeks, I've been awfully cynical, full stop.
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