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“For I was a stranger…”

I do not claim to be a Biblical scholar, but I am fairly certain that Jesus didn’t invite the lost, the broken, the weary, and the stranger into concentration camps to help keep the nation of Israel racially pure.

And when He said, “let the little children come unto me…” I know it was not to rip them from their parents and throw them into cages.

The Predator-in-Chief, the Attorney General, and the majority of Republicans disagree. But, their understanding of faithfulness and discipleship is far different than mine.

I am not sure what their religious beliefs are, or who they claim as their spiritual guide. What I am sure of is they have nothing in common with with the Christ of the Gospels.

The closest I can see them coming to Christ is found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25. It is in verses 31 when He tells them, “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has be prepared for the devil and his angels.”

a short primer for the Church

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Not the Ten Commandments, for sure, but this is still a nice concise primer on a subject with which the  the church continues to struggle. Perfect love casts out fear. The church’s fear of homosexuality is a perfect illustration of this. We all need more love and less fear.

when lady liberty goes under

We all know that climate change cannot be real, right? It’s all just another scare tactic cooked up by progressives to keep honest business folks from making a decent profit.

And doesn’t the “good book” tell us that God created MAN to have control over the earth? That means (according to the #BLOTUS), that we can grab whatever we want. Finally, we finally have a leader who can demonstrate the good life.

 

“Ray Buchanan founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) and retired in 2015. Comments made on this site are the sole expression of the author, are not made on behalf of the organization, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.”

“I personally resent it bitterly”

Imagine:

Isaac Asimov has captured my feelings perfectly. Those that refuse to agree with fact built on a foundation of thousands of years of science and rational study have a right to their views, but to use those “feeble and childish beliefs” to enact laws that destroy our planet for personal gain is absolutely repugnant…and I, Like Issac Asimov, personally resent it bitterly

Who do we trust for our safety?

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The Scripture tells us that our safety does not come from military power. The Old Testament is full of the prophets telling the people not to trust the weapons of war to protect them. There’s a clear message that hoping to find security through the military is a dangerous and  false hope.

The Bible tells the people of faith that “our hope is in the name of our Lord, who made both heaven and earth.”  It’s a message we desperately need to hear and to heed today.

We have the largest military budget the world has ever seen. No other country, no other 12 countries, spend as much on national defense as the United States. This is not just wrong. In a world where we have 20,000 of our human family dying daily from hunger and malnutrition, spending this amount on military defense is both abhorrent and morally repugnant.

We can end hunger in the next 15 years according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But we will never do it wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful, unnecessary, and sinful military spending. It’s time to trust in the Lord.

only when necessary

st francis of assisi:

One of the messages scrolling across the digital signboard of Forest Road United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia proclaims:

“Your life is the only Bible some people will ever read.”

Hopefully, the message those people read is one of faithfulness and love, where the grace and compassion of Christ is freely given and available to all.

Jesus doesn’t care…

The Gospel reading for this Second Sunday of Advent is Matthew 3:1-12. It is the story of John the Baptist preaching and baptizing at the River Jordan. His key message was “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

His other major message was  directed at the religious leaders present. He didn’t tell them to memorize scripture. Instead, he directed that they “bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”

How we treat those around us is all that matters. Treating others with love and living a compassionate and caring lifestyle that daily reflects the love of Jesus demonstrates the fruit of repentance. That is what Jesus really cares about.