Authentic Christian spirituality is demonstrated by our actions. A caring and compassionate response to those in need reflects the love of Christ.
A response to those in need based in fear, selfishness, greed and racial bigotry does not demonstrate God’s grace and mercy. These are not Christian values, nor is violence, especially directed toward the poor and the suffering.
Getting real means adopting a lifestyle of faithfulness to the Gospel. Real Christianity requires a radical discipleship to Jesus Christ that demonstrates His love and grace in all relationships and in our every action. And this is especially true in regard to how we treat the least of these among us.
Authentic spirituality has little or nothing to do with what we profess to believe. It, however, has everything to do with how we live our daily lives and how we treat the least of these among us.
If you have the opportunity to share this with right wing evangelicals it would be considered an act of grace…
Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. He did, on the other hand, have plenty to say about feeding the hungry, loving the poor, the danger of greed, the love of wealth, and religious leaders being hypocrites.
Maybe it’s time right-wing evangelicals paid more attention to what Jesus actually taught than their fear of those that are different,,,just a thought…
As our nation goes to the polls today it is worth remembering that the climate of fear, hate and lies that the current administration espouses is not permanent. We have the power to chose a better, more noble, path. I pray we take it.
I have watched the video and have listened to the chaplain’s prayer. It is a theologically-solid prayer, much like I have prayed on many occasions. It was not partisan. It just lifted up the Representatives’ responsibility on behalf of the least of these among us. But, that was far too threatening for that august body.
Paul Ryan fired the chaplain for reflecting the light of Christ in the midst of darkness. Shining the light of Christ’s love in a den of thieves causes them to flee every time.
Standing up for the poor and hungry, especially to the wealthy and powerful elite, is a good way to shorten your career path. It’s also, however, how you stay on the highway to holiness.
Shame on Paul Ryan, and shame on all those in the U.S. House of Representatives who have not stood up against this action.
Mid-terms are coming.
God our deliverer,
defender of the poor and needy;
when the foundations of the earth are shaking,
give strength to your people to uphold justice and fight all wrong,
in the name of your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
David Stancliffe (1942-)
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.