I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll say it again…(though I’m starting to think that no one is listening): My generation is tired of the culture wars. We are tired of fighting, tired of vain efforts to advance the Kingdom through politics and power, tired of drawing lines in the sand, tired of being known for what we are against, not what we are for…
[I]t should be clear that amendments like these needlessly offend gays and lesbians, damage the reputation of Christians, and further alienate young adults—both Christians and non-Christian—from the Church.
Amen, Mister President
Republicans aren’t the only politicians who can play the religion card. President Obama tied Christianity to his policy proposals—specifically taxes—at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. Obama argued that the wealthiest Americans should be expected to pay higher taxes because “I think that it’s going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’” He went on to insist that “we can all benefit from turning to our Creator, listening to him. Avoiding phony religiosity … this is especially important right now, when we’re facing some big challenges as a nation.”
Jesus unambiguously preached mercy and forgiveness. These are supposed to be cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of the death penalty, draconian sentencing, punitive punishment over rehabilitation, and the governmental use of torture. Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. And yet Evangelicals are the group of Americans most supportive of easy-access weaponry, little-to-no regulation of handgun and semi-automatic gun ownership, not to mention the violent military invasion of various countries around the world. Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of wealth was inimical to the Kingdom of God, that the rich are to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one’s money to the poor. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of corporate greed and capitalistic excess, and they are the most opposed to institutional help for the nation’s poor — especially poor children. They hate anything that smacks of “socialism,” even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. They despise food stamp programs, subsidies for schools, hospitals, job training — anything that might dare to help out those in need. Even though helping out those in need was exactly what Jesus urged humans to do. In short, Evangelicals are that segment of America which is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun, and pro-corporate, while simultaneously claiming to be most ardent lovers of the Prince of Peace.
Could Stephen Colbert be any more awesome? This is the closest thing to a sermon I’ve ever seen on Comedy Central, but it’s right to the point.
coming back soon, except he’ll be some kind of black or Muslim-looking lesbian this time around, and she’ll talk about fairness and equality and charity, and she’ll hang out with the people you hate, and she’ll challenge you in a way that makes you so mad you’ll nail her ass to a tree again, and you’ll go home and congratulate yourselves on a job well done. (via daveholmes)
Exactly. (I should note I’m a Christian and I still agree that he is spot on with this)
Liberation theology FTW! But I do wish the sound in this video was better. via jacquesofalltrades:
Union Theological Seminary, home to the founder of liberation theology James Cone, responds to Glenn Beck’s comments on the theology. Despite the low production quality, the video is quite funny, especially the guy who gets his Beck on, toward the end.