Wednesday, February 1, 2017

On God, The True Church and Politics

We citizens of the United States of America live in a country that has nurtured and sheltered the growth of religion within its borders.  We have lived self-protected from religious abuse by what has long served us well: keeping state and religion officially separated.

As I write this I’m aware that many religious politicians have spoken about tearing down the traditional wall of separation of church and state.

What for?

Ought we not ask whether a religious focus on blending state and religion is not in effect a return to the historical murderous marriage of Roman Legions and Roman Priests - each of whom enforced the will of the other?

If we allow those who would blend politics and religion in this country would we be allowing ourselves to be told by others what it means to be religious in America?

What it means is a religiousness or spiritual practice of which no religion or particular perspective within any religions has a monopoly.

Ought not American Christians agree with the rest of the world? Belief should be in Jesus as the founder of a global religion, not a political or official religion of a single nation or culture.

What being Christian in America ought to really mean …

Those of us who follow Jesus do in fact follow the ultimate portrayer of human compassion and goodness.

They follow Him who taught love of God and each other; who taught that compassion and understanding are the highest spiritual virtues to be sought.

Jesus tells them in their scripture to love and be concerned about the poor, the suffering, the weary, and to learn and practice compassion.           Regardless of private interpretation, Jesus in scripture does not tell who can and who cannot or who is and who is not.

However, in America, conservative Christian celebrities tell us that such teachings of Jesus are not as important as this stuff:

-Being seriously frightened by the threat of children being indoctrinated in the homosexual lifestyle,

-Being more concerned about a plot by judges to assault the right to publicly acknowledge God.

-Being outraged by media slander of Christians which is in reality a media slander that is communicated by the unjustified whining of right wing Christian celebrities who attract negative responses because of their own negativity and victim pretense.

-Being disgusted by Hollywood attacks on Judeo-Christian ethics which are not one and the same with genuine common sense ethics, personal morality and sense of goodness. In fact the literalist morality of public pretense of godliness is in fact inferior to the natural goodness in a majority of citizens who live a pattern of goodness undefined by the prescriptions of professional religious gadflies.

These same Conservative Christian gadflies express this in a form that assumes that America is special above all other peoples;

that God has maintained some sort of holy curtain of protection from natural and man-made disasters and attacks for the simple-minded assumption that our supposed holiness is now showing wear and tear. God is thusly angry about it. God's feelings are hurt.

- American celebrity Christians encourage that we be “fearful” of God in a way that recognizes God’s capacity for wrath and punishment to those who stray, backslide and slip into immorality.

The God of the Christian political conservatives is perfectly capable of destroying the innocent with the guilty as evidenced during the 9/11 attacks and the godly fist of Katrina expressing His displeasure with an entire city that has supposedly mocked God for too long.

This is the stuff of which an American Christian separation from global Christianity is made.

You tell me, gentle readers. What does it mean to you to be Christian in America at this time in our history?

Although many Christians are not actively and outwardly religious except perhaps on rare Sundays, special holidays or family events, there are millions who sit in congregations and outwardly celebrate their religion in a spirit of worship and fellowship every week.

Yet many of these do not cross the line into the politics-and-religion discourse. They are content in their lives but are they content with what they are told from the pulpit or see and hear on television and radio?

These majority Christians possess the power to impact the political and spiritual direction in America and keep sacred the declaration that we render unto Caesar only the political stuff and unto God and each other the truest practice of religion.

Most recently these are the voters who myopically looked the other way and supported a wholly confirmed moral midget who presides.

What does that mean?



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