Aug 7, 2016

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY


Whoring Themselves Out for a Chance to have Trump's Ear 
Early on Sunday Aug 7 I posted a story NEVER A CHOICE SO CLEAR FOR FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST concerning personal experience, Jimmy Carter, and incredulity that Christians could choose TRUMP over HILLARY CLINTON 
So called small c "christian"  leaders support an arrogant, foul-mouthed, thrice-married, misogynistic businessman who made millions from the gambling industry, bragged repeatedly about his sexual encounters, threatens to kill the families of his enemies, and who would deport all followers of the second largest religious Faith over a woman who has championed children, the disabled, the afflicted and the poor for decades. How is this even in question? 
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Today I was introduced to John Pavlovitz by a friend who read that piece and I found a Christian preacher who is not unknown by some here with “Stuff That Needs to be Said” (his blog name).  His most recent entry titled “LOVE IS OFFENSIVE” laments the sentiment that one can either be loving or political 
This is not a backhanded way to be hateful. It is not carefully concealed politics. This is a way to be openly and brazenly loving to those who are denied love, those who are marginalized, those whose voices are not heard.
Jesus said this was “loving the least” and he demanded we do it as a way of affirming our faith. 
Love doesn’t tolerate discrimination. It doesn’t abide bigotry. It doesn’t play nice with fear. It doesn’t wait in the corner for Politics to consent to it speaking.
John Pavlovitz is evidently having an effect that has raised the ire of some who are raising the cry of HERESY and HERETIC. He is under attack by some small c “christian” pastors like Gabe Hughes who demands “CHRISTIANS STOP SHARING JOHN PAVLOVITZ ARTICLES”  and who most recently declared Pavlovitz a heretic with “The Heresy of False Teacher John Pavlovitz”.  The latter concerned Pavlovitz article “10 Things This Christian Doesn’t Believe about the Bible” with entries like these items that common sense supports: 
2) I don’t believe the Bible explains the time and manner of earth’s creation and population accurately. The Creation accounts in Genesis are not scientific writings designed to instruct, as much as they are poetry and song meant to inspire. They should not be read as a literal explanation of the fashion or timetable of what Science clearly tells us were the far older and more gradual evolutions of life than a literal Biblical translation contends. Genesis 1 and 2 are a who story, not a how story.
3) I don’t believe the Bible accurately represents women for the times we in which we live. The Old and New Testaments were written predominantly, if not exclusively by men during a time when women were essentially marital property
And the rest that make for excellent reading and discussion that likely drive the literalists mad with righteous rage.  The heretic charge could lead one to ponder the insanity of another Spanish Inquisition but it’s more likely that Pavlovitz SLEEP WITH THE ENEMY piece naming James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr., and the Rest of the Christian Right will inspire more ire toward the author of Stuff that Needs to be Said. 
No, this about supposed representatives of Jesus whoring themselves out just to have what they hope will be the next President’s ear and pretending it’s the work of God. It’s about discarding faith to keep power in their party. It’s about a Christianity that no longer has need or use for Jesus. They themselves are the bloated golden calf they’re bowing down to and Trump is just a means to this end—and it’s exactly what is killing the Church.
WOW — strong words that cut to the core of the pretzel logic incorporated by these Evangelical small c “christians” who we might finally hope have made a leap of financial self-aggrandizing faith over a chasm so far wrong on it’s completely visible surface the true loving Christians who have tried to follow will refuse to jump. 
Every day people tell me that they’re finished with organized Christianity; that they’re walking away from the American Church for good, and it isn’t because of gays or cultural decay or materialism or lust or whatever these preachers like to lift while in the pulpit. These millions of honest, wise (and yes faithful) people are making their exodus because they see Dobson and Falwell and people like them and they realize the absolute absurdity of it all.
They see that to align oneself with Donald Trump in the name of “shared faith”, is the same as a vegan going into business with Burger King. They’ve run out of patience with a spirituality that’s for sale. They’re through with a Christianity that only needs to win.    And I’m right with them.
As John Pavlovitz indicates I am one who long ago finished with organized religion but I have not forgotten the 26 years of teachings that shaped my political conscience indicated by the verses below. I hope you might find the time to read the rest of it but for now we can be glad to know that there are many good Christian souls who can see the Truth  and we can support those like John Pavlovitz from the inquisitors and hate-mongers who don Christian appearance without the slightest regard for the teachings of Christ. Agnostic-schizophrenia is a reasonable label for my floating opinion concerning God’s existence and place in my life, but the Trump boosting small c “christian” leaders push me toward Dawkins and Hitchens with their insanity.  
In my earlier piece on the “CLEAR CHOICE FOR FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST” I post scriptural references from Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and James representative of a multitude of verses concerned with Jesus most enduring and important message like these:
Matthew 25:31-46  Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Luke 12:33-34 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
1 John 3:17-18 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the candidate who passes the WWJD test while Donald Trump may well spell the end of the influence of the pseudo-christian power brokers who thought they could sell the false idol of the golden calf 
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