Archive for August, 2010

Giving Christians a bad name, American style.

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

It’s disheartening to hear people speak of turning to God, when they’re selling an audience their personal political programs. It always has been. I’m hoping maybe, at last, the most of the rest of us are tiring of deception and ready to restore our faiths to our hearts, where faith belongs.

A Christian is someone who loves Jesus Christ. Some Christians read the scripture as nourishment, and don’t quote it to brandish control. Some Christians pray secretly, in private, and have no fear that God needs to be defended by warfare. Some Christians are embarrassed by wealth, and receive it only incidentally.

Today, a few Americans stand on the stage waving the flag, proud to hate, and call it Christianity. The rest of us squirm, and wonder where to hide. But it has long been this way, and evil does perish. If this charade is to move into real power and govern, still, it too will end.

The rich don’t give it away.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I remember a blue-collar guy telling me, when I was a kid, what good people the Rockefellers were, because they gave their money to museums that working people could enjoy. Idiots like him continue to vote for their own misery and fawn on the wealthy for crumbs. Today’s laugh at the dumb American workers comes from a suite of billionaires, pretending to give some of their ill-gotten gains to charity.

For the wealthy, a ‘gift’ to charity is nothing more than an allocation of assets to a tax-designated charitable organization, which they then control to promote projects they hope will generate favorable press coverage. If some of these dollars actually help someone, well, worse things could happen.

The pursuit and possession of wealth are everywhere and always evil. Blessed in heaven was the poor woman who gave everything she had, but these days no one believes in heaven anyway.

Marriage, secular style

Friday, August 6th, 2010

It’s hard to imagine the revulsion and horror that nominal Christians feel toward homosexuals. In fact, unless you are yourself devoted to their traditional hypocrisy, you can’t. Jesus came to divide the people, and he did. There are those who love Him, and there are those who love themselves and claim to worship by the Book.

Christians in name only, by far most of us, can endure ourselves only by being better than the wicked. Difference is wickedness. Bold, explicit difference is evil incarnate. Nominal Christians don’t just despise homosexuals, they’re terrified of them.

Meanwhile, God created us in his image, to love each other, and so very often we do. Marriage is awfully hard, in my experience. Anyone committed to trying is welcome to it.