But I can defend the lessons of Christianity I was taught and the church in which I learned them. I can, because I know them, and I know that Jesus or Christ would not have a problem with what went on there. Because there was no violence or hate or abuse of the community or the world perpetrated within its four walls in Christ's name. There were just a lot of human beings, trying to do their best in life. That's it.
Well, I hope you didn't, but I suspect you did, learn this in that church:
I have trouble assigning more blame to any one group than another, and I don't think Christ would play that game either.
It's the same kind of cop-out answer I've heard before, not just by you, Aidan, you just happen to be repeating it, when this kind of question has been raised. It's that the kind of thinking, based on 'judge not, lest ye be judged' and 'we shall have our reward in heaven' that leads to believers not seeking justice for the truly oppressed in the here and now.
Why should we fight for civil rights as long as know Christ will make all equal in the end?
Why should we seek to end poverty for millions?
We are here in our little church engaging in the rituals proper to ourselves and though the world outside must be troubled, we act as if there was nothing we as a group could do, and thus remain blameless.
And those are just the members of a group, remember this group has been given the Word of God to operate from, who don't act. More times than not, when Christians act it's for the most unChrist-like motives ever dreamed of.
What would Jesus say about the current campaign to vilify homosexuals?
Or the pursuit of the War in Iraq as a Christian obligation? Or the concerted attempts to block science from stem-cell research and global warming investigations?
Joe(the grace of one individual doesn't matter if it is drowned by the failings of millions.)Nation