Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: Christians In Name Only, Chutzpah Edition

You've heard about the "War on Christmas." It is a wholly manufactured "war" of self-inflicted paranoia by people who have nothing better to do with their time than to invent non-existent affronts to their personal belief system.

This, of course, is all part of the continued yammering about persecution, all which these poor, "persecuted" persecute others with.

What chutzpah, eh?

As Lizart9 of DelphiForums points out,


There is a certain kind of Christian who does not understand how offensive THEY can be when they push THEIR brand of Christianity on the people around them. They don't UNDERSTAND because they live in a country that is so thoroughly saturated in Christianity and Christian mythology that they think that everyone around them is Christian (at least that's the way it is in small town America).

I've got a few observations on this idea of Christian persecution in the U.S. The first thing is that Jesus told his followers that they would be persecuted for trying to follow his teachings (and, there are plenty of Republicans out there who scoff at the very idea of helping the poor, the weak, the infirm, the elderly, the widows and the orphans and turning the other cheek, etc). So, why are they so surprised and shocked when it actually happens? The other thing is, Jesus said to not toot your own horn. Chrisitans who make a big noise out of being "persecuted" (as if not getting a loud "Merry Christmas" by some minimum wage store clerk is the equivalent of an auto de fe) are not storing up their reward in heaven. They are getting the momentary tingle of being an abused victim (even the suggestion of being abused is outrageous). The upshot of all of that is that they make Christianity look foolish in the eyes of outsiders. And that, within the whole Bible mythos, is a BIG NO-NO. It's taking God's name in vain. IMO

They allow themselves to get all het-up over this gnat, while swallowing the camel of injustice, lack of mercy, selling off of their birthright. Some of them do. There are still plenty of liberal, progressive Christians out there who still believe in what Jesus taught about social justice and the kingdom of heaven.


In a different post, she continues:


I think that it is the natural arrogance of being in the majority. And that is what makes their claims of persecution so ludicrous.

>They should also spend more time reading their Bibles looking for the ways in which it points out THEIR flaws and faults and ways in which they can throw away everything that they think have been promised to them. I NEVER thought, when I claimed to be a Christian myself, that I had heaven all sealed up just because I was baptised or because I said "Jesus" over and over and over again. I've never understood that whole deal. Honestly. I always understood that it was very easy to be turned away at the throne of God because Jesus would say, "Why didn't you feed me when I was hungry, give me water when I was thirsty, clothe me when I was naked?" The plan, as I understood it, was that Jesus could appear to me in many guises and to treat EVERYONE as if they were Jesus. That would include Muslims and Jews (oh, the irony) and Buddhists and Hindus and atheists. The story of the Good Samaritan resonated with me. Jesus said that if you are just good and kind to the people who are good and kind to you (and who are lovely, smell good, have the same beliefs, etc) you haven't really done such a great thing. You've done what any ordinary mortal would do.


Food for thought, for your holiday festivities.

And on that note -- Happy Holidays, folks. Keep in mind...this is an Open Thread.


Christians who hate Christ

It is not typically my style to write editorials or news stories about religion. Religion typically inspires people to emotional reactions rather than intellectual thought, however this time I have a point about America's political and corporate leadership that requires me to examine what the Bible said and how loyally the Republicans and Right-Wingers have followed the dictates of Jesus Christ.


You see, the Republicans of my lifetime (1966 up until present day) have been very fond of claiming that the Christian God is on their side and that they're doing the Lord's work. George W. Bush even went so far as to claim that his favorite philosopher was Jesus Christ. But really, when you read the words of Jesus Christ how well do the Republicans walk the walk? What would Jesus Christ say about Republicans such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Rush Limbaugh?