Okay. I'm going to be rather roundabout in this one, but follow me, 'cause I'm going somewhere. I don't often get political (and I'm not this time either), but I do try to keep up, if only just barely. But in this case (for reasons I'll probably bring up some other time), for the first election I've actually been able to participate in, I've come out in support for Obama. (Obviously, its *not* because he's black. See my black history thing for how I feel about that.) At this point in time, he just seems to make a lot more sense and represent more of my stances than the other two candidates.
And thus far, the man has been mostly spotless as far as any type of political mishaps or gaffs that have occurred in his personal life. All aside from one, rather large spot that is given far more attention than it should ever have had. I speak of course, of the comments of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The next step, when the media is unable to find something on you personally to drag you down to the level of everyone else, is of course to find out about the people close to you, and see what THEY'VE done and find out a way to drag you down, there. It doesn't matter if you had prior knowledge of whatever they've done or not, as long as it exists, they can use that as the first "chink in your armor". Anything so that they don't have to feel like you're a "shining example of humanity". Because see, if that's the case, then they have to realize that there IS someone better than they are, and they have to question themselves as to why they're not making an attempt to improve themselves as well. And most people just won't tolerate that.
But I digress. Having read a lot of his more offensive comments (the original ones at least--no clue what he's saying now), I actually didn't find most of them all that bad. A lot of them were construed as, "God caused 9/11 to happen", and they've tried to murder the man in the media for that. The sad thing is, he never said that. But there are others who have, and who have been saying not only that, but that God caused Hurricane Katrina, and any other disaster that befalls this country, because he sees us as sinful.
....And there's where we hit on the point of this particular post. ....To my fellow Christians...what the hell is wrong with you!? Whether you believe this nonsense or just follow a pastor who spews it...knock it off! You are not only wrong, but you are endangering yourselves, and you don't even know it.
Listen. For Christians, the Bible is the Word of God. The Book of John goes so far as to say the Word was God (John 1:1). If that is true, then the Bible is less of a physical thing, and more spiritual. And if the Bible is a spiritual thing, then your interpretation is more than just how you see the Bible--it is a manifestation, and a representation of your inner self. So if, when you read the Word of God, all you see and say concerns condemnnation, and damnation, then what is your inner self?
And I know, I know...I'm a radical thinker. I think if we can let women into the pulpit (when the Bible itself says it is a shame for women to speak in the church and that all of them should ask men questions at home if they have any), then we can stop hassling gays, and thinking they're possessed by demons or whatever the nonsense is the conservatives push. But you don't HAVE to believe me. Believe the word of God. The book of Luke, chapter 6, verse 45: "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
There. Plain as day. All you pastors who have nothing but fire and brimstone speeches--all of you who scare people into believing in Jesus (who's supposed to be the Prince of Peace)--all of you who see nothing but condemnation and damnation for this country, and in fact, the world...what is the abundance of your heart for you to constantly speak that? Don't tell me. Search your souls. Tell yourselves.
That's...pretty much it from me. I wouldn't even bother with this, but I am, quite simply, tired of the misguided Christians continously judging everyone that isn't like them, and the only people that speak out against them usually tend to non-Christians. It needs to be pointed out that some of us still remember the actual teachings of Jesus.
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly love; and to brotherly love charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." - 2 Peter 1:5-8