If you are a sincere follower of the Christ who was beaten, tortured, scourged, crowned with thorns, nailed to a cross, and left to die in excruciating agony, don’t you think equating someone wishing you “Happy Holidays” with persecution is a bit over the top? And if you believe that Christ suffered all of this to save your soul, aren’t you glad He wasn’t the whiny little pissant you are? If He were, He would have bailed on the whole idea of saving your ass the first time someone wished Him well using phraseology He didn’t care for.
The Ten Commandments did not include “Thou Shalt Not Be Gay.” Being as God is pretty much omnipotent and all, he could have had those Commandments go all the way up to Eleven – if he’d wanted to. But He didn’t. Maybe He figured it wasn’t as big a deal as you think it is. But then maybe you think your priorities should supersede His.
There is no mention in the New Testament of Jesus ever commenting on the “sin” of homosexuality. Do you think maybe it just slipped His mind? Do you think He was crucified, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, sat at the right hand of God – and then did a face-palm while exclaiming, “Holy shit! I knew I forgot something while I was down there”?
The teachings of Jesus were meant to be a complete meal, not a serving suggestion. If you think that feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and sheltering the homeless are merely pick-and-choose, Column A/Column B side dishes, you’ve apparently missed the point of the menu entirely.
If you believe the Bible is the literal word of God (whichever of the many versions of His literal word you adhere to), and still think that casting the first stone, judging others without fear of being judged yourself, or following false prophets who are in it for profit, you might want to take a refresher course on the meaning of hypocrisy.
Jesus drove the money-grubbers from the Temple. Shouldn’t someone point that out to the mega-church pastors and the TV evangelists who use their churches as money-making enterprises for their own gain? I can’t imagine anything more embarrassing than standing at the Pearly Gates whining, “Honest to You, God, I had no idea You were talking about me and my seven-figure-a-year income! Man oh man, is my face red now.”
“Love thy neighbor as thyself.” I stand to be corrected, but I don’t remember that admonition being followed by, “.. unless your neighbor is a different color, ethnicity, race, or faith – in which case, just ignore the foregoing and act like the hate-filled douchebag you’ve always been.”
“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Well, it looked good on paper, but surely Jesus didn’t mean it to be taken literally, especially when politically inconvenient. Apparently we have many Good Christians™ in office who want you to believe that if they were the victims of a natural disaster, or chronic unemployment, or employment that paid wages so low they couldn’t feed their children, they would really, really want to be marginalized, referred to as lazy parasites, and completely ignored in their time of need.
“As you do to the least among you, so you do unto Me.” Well, it would seem the problem here is a lack of specificity. After all, just who are the least among us? According to a lot of today’s Christians™ it’s not the poor, the downtrodden, the afflicted, the imprisoned, the starving, the disabled, or the mentally ill. And according to Republican Christians™ in office, it is definitely not those who rely on food stamps, welfare, or the extended unemployment benefits they need just to survive day to day. I’m sure that once they figure out exactly who is the least among us, they’ll shower said person with care and respect, just like the Good Lord told them to do. But until that least among us person can be positively identified (three pieces of photo ID required), that particular Good Book legal loophole apparently continues to be fully operational. Continue reading Peace to Men/Women of Good Will