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The Reason for the Season? — Part 2

The Reason for the Season?

Part 2

And here is the item that I mentioned above.  Back in the period of 1997-2000, I did research on the subject of Spiritual Abuse and wrote a book of over 600 pages on the subject.  This is taken from Chapter 15 of my book.

“Author Tony Campolo, who makes a regular circuit as a chapel speaker on Christian college campuses, for a time used this provocation to make a point.  ‘The United Nations reports that over ten thousand people starve to death each day, and most of you don’t give a sh–. [Campolo adds an H to the word “sit.”]   However, what is even more tragic is that most of you are more concerned about the fact that I just said a bad word than you are about the fact that ten thousand people are going to die today.’  The responses proved his point:  in nearly every case Tony got a letter from the chaplain or president of the college protesting his foul language.  The letters never mentioned world hunger.”5

5. Yancy, Grace, p. 201

This means that the material about Tony Campolo appeared on page 201 of Philip Yancey’s book What’s So Amiazing About Grace?

A couple of weeks ago, I was on the little bus out to the local Walmart; I needed a few things out there.  A lady on the bus mentioned that she was at her church one morning, and she saw a little Mexican lady kneeling at the altar.  The woman had two small children with her and was crying.  The lady on the bus said that she didn’t have a lot of cash with her, but that she was able to give the little woman six dollars.  She said that the Mexican lady cried all the harder and grabbed her hand and kept thanking her for the money.  My heart broke when I heard the story, and I am not completely over it yet.

If the Nazarenes get their knickers in a knot over the amount spent on pet food and vet bills, can you imagine the hissy fit they would have over that little pittance of money going to help another of God’s children instead of being used to win “souls” for “the precious Lord Jesus”?  I can, and it’s not pretty.

Several years ago, Carol and I were home watching Denver’s “Parade of Lights” on the local NBC channel.  It was a bitter cold night, and we enjoyed hot cups of cocoa while we watched.  The same day or a day earlier, the Freedom From Religion organization had asked to be allowed to put a display on the lawn of the City-County Building– public land, by the way.  Anyway, Several Christian groups, including Focus on the Family, were bouncing around from court to court, like out-of-control ping pong balls, begging for injunctions to block the FFR group from posting their display.  The commentators for the Parade of Lights commented on this.  One of them said something to the effect of “It is really too bad that the Christian community has to make this trouble in order to get its way, instead of doing something constructive like passing out cups of hot coffee or hot cocoa on a night as cold as this.”  How true!!  But the Christians weren’t about to let ANYTHING steal the thunder from their precious “Jesus.”

To show what the “Little Lord Jesus” is all about, here is an item concerning the behavior of a church in Kentucky.

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… Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, to services in June. Harville, who goes by the name Suzie, played the piano while Chikuni sang.

Before stepping down as pastor in August, Thompson told Harville that her fiance could not sing at the church again. Harville is white and Chikuni, a native ofZimbabwe, is black.

Last Sunday, church members voted 9-6 in favor of Thompson’s proposed ban. Others attending the church business meeting declined to take a stand on the issue.

“That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage,” the resolution states, according to WKYT.

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Excuse me, but aren’t we living in the 21st century?  Oops, I forgot!  This church was a flavor of “Baptist.”  That explains everything.

About a month or so ago, while doing some research on the Net, I discovered the condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome.  It is also known as “High Functioning Autism,” or HFA.  I read several sites which gave the markers for AS.  As I read them, I realized that I held virtually all of the markers, so I came to the conclusion that I am an aspie.  It makes sense, since I am extremely high functioning.

The other day, I came across a comment in one of the aspie groups that I read, that I felt was good enough to merit repetition.  Here it is.  Any lapses in style, grammar, and spelling are those of the original writer.

“Yeah, we are a weird lot, but I see nothing bad or wrong in that. We are just from a different planet and these earther folks are very unforgiving once they see your horns and tail. But the truth is, they are the wierd ones, those folks who are intolerant of use spacers and are closed-minded to the possibilities of the universe.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  And, in view of my own personal experiences and observations, the description of the earthers is also an excellent description of Evangelicalism.

How else do you explain the anger over spending money on our faithful loving pets instead of on winning “souls” for the “precious Lord Jesus”?  How else do you explain the Evangelicals’ demanding their rights while doing their best to deprive non-Evangelicals of THEIR rights?  And how in the name of the Supreme God do you explain Evangelicals’ denying a child of God the right to minister to his God and his God’s people simply because his skin is dark?  The latter can be partly explained by Jesus’ distaste for anybody who was non-Jew.  But come on!  As I ask above, aren’t we living in the 21st century?

There are other holidays during this season.  The Jews have their Hanukkah, or Festival of Lights.  The Blacks have Kwanzaa.  And the “Pagans” have the Winter Solstice.  One never hears about these holidays, in part, because their practitioners are of the mindset of “Live and Let Live.”  They have no problems with the non-practitioners of their religions celebrating a different holiday.  Why, then, are the Evangelicals so belligerent and overbearing in demanding that it be Christmas and nothing else?

I am going to say something that Mainline believers know by instinct, but which may be beyond the ken of Evangelicals.  So, Mainline believers, go eat some popcorn and have a Coke, for the rest of this essay is NOT meant for you.

Now, Evangelicals here are some questions and comments.  I do not expect any kind of response from you because you have ignoring and shunning down to a science.  You also have running away from questions that you don’t like down to a science as well.  Are you ready?  Then let’s go.

1. Which is more important, to proclaim God with words or to proclaim God through our conduct and behavior?  And why is it more important?

2. In the 1990s, the Republicans and the Evangelicals sought to overthrow a twice-duly-elected President of the United States because of moral turpitude.  Indeed, Jerry Falwell produced a video seeking the overthrow of this president.  Yet these same Republicans and Evangelicals embrace the behavior and conduct of Newt Gingrich, who by no stretch of the imagination, is a paragon of morality.  Why?  Is it because sin is OK as long as it is practiced by Republicans but not by Democrats?  Why the hypocrisy?

3. Philip Yancey quoted Tony Campolo as saying “’The United Nations reports that over ten thousand people starve to death each day, and most of you don’t give a shit.”  He also said that all of the letters of protest mention Campolo’s diction, but not the subject of world hunger.  Why is this?  Why are you Evangelical nitwits so frought over Campolo’s use of the word “shit” but not about the fact that people are starving to death everyday?

4. It is a known fact that Catholic Charities is ubiquitous.  Indeed, when I was working, we referred several of our clients to Catholic Charities for help.  I referred one person myself.  Why then is there not an organization called “Evangelical Charities”?  The only Evangelical organization I know of that is doing work approximating that of Catholic Charities is the Salvation Army.  Is the Evangelical lack of ministry in the area of human needs on the same plane as the Evangelical unhappiness over Tony Campolo’s use of the word “shit”?

5. Why is getting their own way and depriving non-Christians of their rights under the constitution more important to Evangelicals than ministering to human needs?

6. Can you show me from the Bible where a black man is unqualified to minister to his God and to his God’s followers?  In other words, where is the biblical sanction to support the behavior of the church in Kentucky towards the native of Zimbabwe who wanted to sing praises to God?

7.  Exactly where did you Christian morons get your stupid idiotic nonsense about the so-called “War On Christmas”?  Where exactly in the Bible does it state that the birthday of “Jesus” is the ONLY holiday to be celebrated at the end of the year?

8. One of my senators, Mark Udall, offered an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that was voted down.  From a recent e-mail he sent out:

“The defense bill’s existing provisions could allow the U. S. military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens inside theUnited States. With your support, my amendment was an attempt to stop this unwise course of action that runs counter to who we are as Americans.”

Why have you Evangelicals remained silent on this subject?  Oops! I forgot!  Your guy in the White House is on record as calling the Constitution a “God-damned piece of paper.”  And what the bill is authorizing is definitely contrary to what that God-damned piece of paper says.  In view of that, why does the Evangelical church support the indefinite incarceration of American citizens?

9. From “Crooks & Liars” on12/1/11:

…Dr. George Grant is the chancellor and founder of New College Franklin inTennessee. New College Franklin is a small, private Christian university with big dreams.

From the video, courtesy of RightWingWatch:

Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ-to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.

But it is dominion that we are after. Not just a voice.

It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.

It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.

It is dominion we are after.

[COMMENT:  Hey!  Do you get the idea that “it is dominion they are after”??]

World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less.

If Jesus Christ is indeed Lord, as the Bible says, and if our commission is to bring the land into subjection to His Lordship, as the Bible says, then all our activities, all our witnessing, all our preaching, all our craftsmanship, all our stewardship, and all our political action will aim at nothing short of that sacred purpose.

Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land – of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ. It is to reinstitute the authority of God’s Word as supreme over all judgments, over all legislation, over all declarations, constitutions, and confederations.

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In the context of the above:  Can you show me PRECISELY from the Bible where “Jesus Christ” commissioned his followers to conquer the world and set up a worldwide theocracy?  I always thought that the so-called “Great Commission” was to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to every creature in the world.  At least that is how we Mainliners see it.

10. And finally, Other than Josephus, can you cite ANY passages in ancient historical writings that specifically mention Jesus Christ?  And if so, can you prove that said passages were actually written by the author of the history, rather than later apologists for the Christian faith?

I think that these ten questions are enough for now.  Like I said earlier, I do not expect any answers, partly because you Christians are VERY adept at shunning and ignoring, and partly because the answers to some of them are known only by graduates of Ivy-League-class seminaries and divinity schools.  These questions, which would be a snap for a Paul Tillich, would likely destroy the brain of a Billy Graham.

That’s it for now.  Happy Winter Solstice!!

Bill

 

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December 6, 2011 - Posted by | Religion

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