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for some reason

Vonnegut nails it. There are far too many who call ourselves Christians that still live with Old Testament values. As Christians, we have been set free from the law of retribution. We live in the grace of a crucified and resurrected Christ.

The four Gospels in the New Testament are our fullest accounts of the words and teachings of Jesus. Nowhere in those four Gospels can you find Jesus blessing anger, hatred, malice, revenge or even justice. Instead, He lifts up, both by word and example, the values of love, caring, compassion, forgiveness, nonviolence and living in peace.

It’s far easier to seek revenge, to retaliate and resort to violence in response to wrongs. But, that is not what Jesus taught. It’s not Christian.  As Vonnegut says, give me a break!

Vengeance, retribution and the need to return violence for violence are all born out of fear. Perfect love casts out fear. It’s just a shame more of us who claim to follow Jesus cannot live as He taught us. Our world would be a far better place.

“set my people free”

All this, plus a bloated military budget that is larger than the next five highest  countries combined. Surely there are others who agree that we need a serious readjustment of our priorities.

It is starting to remind me of Egypt before the exodus. Where is Moses when you need him?

“Confused, Christ is,”

I do not normally associate the comedian, Lenny Bruce, with theological discourse. Yet the following quote is as a serious a theological statement as you are going to find.

Christ and Moses standing in the back of Saint Pat’s, looking around.  Confused, Christ is, at the grandeur of the interior, the baroque interior, the rococo baroque interior.  Because his route took him through Spanish Harlem and he is wondering what the hell fifty Puerto Ricans were doing living in one room when that stained-glass window is worth ten G’s a square foot. – Lenny Bruce

If Christ is confused at the opulence of Saint Patrick’s, what must he think of a Church which does little or nothing to bring his love into that one room apartment?

Nothing is more spiritual than our response to the cries of the poor and hungry. And as the theologian, Lenny Bruce, points out, sometimes our response must be confusing as hell to the one we claim to follow.