2005-05-07

New Meaning to "Get Right Church"

I am in the middle of writing my term papers, but I can't help stopping to post regarding this ridiculous thing I just read.

Backing up... Last week I was outraged to read about something called "Justice Sunday", a political rally that took place at a church in Louisville, Kentucky. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson shared the stage with Senator Bill Frist and shared this pearl: "The future of democracy and ordered liberty actually depends on the outcome of this struggle." He was talking about ending filibusters, by the way.

And then tonight I read... a church in North Carolina voted out nine church members because they refused to support President Bush. I didn't mistype. The pastor of the church told members last fall that anyone who planned to vote for John Kerry needed to leave the church. Here's the link, you have to read it to believe it.

I've had enough of this. I'm tired of Christians -- ministers! -- allowing themselves to get pushed around by politicians who have reduced the idea of moral values down to abortion and gay marriage. Why do they find it acceptable to ignore thousands of verses about poverty, protecting God's creation the environment, and war? Is anyone actually reading the New Testament??

This is too infuriating and I've got to get back to my work...

I guess I can be thankful that my minister teaches from the writings of Paul rather than the talking points of Karl Rove.

9 comments:

The Root said...

You can be VOTED OUT of the Baptist church? Wow. Used to be you just picked up your pail and moved to a different sandbox in petulant childish protest. Any preacher telling his congregation what they should believe politically has officially become a cult leader, I think. Scary.

Anonymous said...

well...I suppose you're aginst the Taliban, too.

Chris Ewing said...

totally understand. And If you think Paul is radical, just read the gospel sometime. Jesus and the ways of the kingdom are so completely opposite to the ways of this government and world that never the two shall meet.

The call of the gospel scares me too death sometimes when i think about the cost it requires to my personal luxury and security.

I used to be constantly angry and upset the unGodly actions of the government and the Christians who would support those unGodly actions.

But I have found peace in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. Any other power or authority is but a footstool for Christ.

If you have time I would recommend reading "Mere Discipleship" by Lee Camp. It's a great book about the impact of Constantine had on distorting the meaning of what it means to be a Christian.

In regards to the Taliban. I am against any one would who ignore and deny the commandments of Jesus, wether it be the Taliban or Bush himself.

kenny said...

Constantine? The American Idol kid?

Carissa said...
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Chris Ewing said...

No, the Roman emperor. he was kind of big back in ancient Rome.

kenny said...

Oh... THAT constantine... my bad. ;)

IMO said...

Amen! Stupid hugh? Yes you can be voted out. And yes Contantine is responsible for it all! Just sad.

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