Do “Christians” ever read the bible?

It’s funny that I find the biggest challenges to my faith never come from people who don’t share it, but from people who claim that they do. I struggle with the legions of people who claim that whatever prejudice they’d like to hold is somehow reinforced by their “Christian” beliefs. It seems that rather than embracing the New Testament messages of love, compassion and care for your fellow man, these groups prefer homophobia, xenophobia, and rampant greed.

Although I am truly disgusted by anyone using Christianity as a cover for their hate, I find that prosperity theology angers me the most personally. From my childhood I can clearly remember putting my recess money into the Project Compassion box during lent, running fundraisers throughout the year for Vinnies and being taught about the importance of looking after people less fortunate than ourselves. In fact, I have no doubt that the social justice message I received from my parents, parish and school shaped my political beliefs to the point where it is one of the most important issues to me.

Prosperity Christianity turns everything that I learnt on its head, it teaches that if you are worthy you will be rewarded here on Earth and, by extension, people who are poor are actually spiritually impoverished and therefore deserve no consideration or help. I’ve long wondered how these churches manage to turn a blind eye to stories like Jesus throwing the money changers out of the Temple.

Today the glorifiers of money have hit a new low. A throng of people who identify themselves as christians descended on the bull statue on Wall St for

a Day of Prayer for the World’s Economies

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

bullprayer2.jpg

Where to begin? Have these dipshits read the Ten Commandments? It’s in the half of the book that they seem to like when they’re hating gay people. Let me just spell it out, this is the First Commandment,

I am the Lord your God,
You shall have no other gods before me,
You shall not make for yourself an idol.

They’re praying for money at a statue of a bull!!!

I’m going to guess that even the most heathen of you have seen Charlton Heston deliver some smackdown to the wayward Hebrews who got all impatient while he was up on the hill getting some stone tablets engraved, all this picture from today is missing is a pissed off gnarly old dude.

I’m amazed that people who are so obviously intellectually deficient actually managed to make it all the way from their homes to a location in one of the world’s busiest cities without injuring themselves. I don’t know whether I’m more outraged by their blasphemy or their rampant stupidity.

10 thoughts on “Do “Christians” ever read the bible?

  1. Lemmiwinks, what’s worse, in my opinion, is that their visibility and stupidity unfairly taints all other people of faith. I think if I had have been born in the USA I probably would have rejected Christianity completely because of the behaviour of these groups and their hypocrisy.

  2. Judge not….say only the things which edify…..get the log out of your own eye….love the unlovable……prefer others before oneself……..love is kind…..love your neighbor as yourself…….BY THEIR FRUITS YOU’LL KNOW THEM………AND THE BIGGIE…

    ‘YOU KNOW YOU’VE PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE….IF….YOU LOVE THE BRETHREN.’

    Love you all!

  3. Carolyn,
    thank you for your intentions, and I do understand where you are coming from…the mesage is a little harsh, but it is true.

    Dave,
    I understand your frustrations, and for the most part you have spoken truth in your post. Your passion is admired. I don’t know if it is possible, but can we speak the truth and sound the alarm without causing the ones who are supposed to be on our side to raise their defenses and rather come to their senses? I only want to encourage you in the direction that you are going. We need to be brought to our senses. We as a church have been deceived, and only a small percentage of the American church is even seeking after the true God anymore. Say the hard thing, just make sure that it is in love (doesn’t mean that it has to be soft). Thanks brother. Seek, ask, knock; the infinite God is waiting. We must smash the box that we’ve been thinking in, humble ourselves, and allow Him to show Himself as He desires. God is awesome!

  4. Dave, something tells me you’re going to get plenty of comment on this one. Maybe it’s the tags you used?

    Anyway, to play ‘Devil’s Advocate’ here, could those people “praying for the world’s economies” also be motivated by the impacts the crash is having (or will have) on the poor? Or is that giving them too much credit?

    Yeah, it probably is – the damage is already done and a recovery on Wall Street won’t help those who lost their homes … although it might help some who lost their jobs.

    (See how I answered my own question? Just call me Kevin).

  5. Holy Cow, Batman, that’s just wrong. I am not a practicing Christian, but I did pay a little attention at my Church of England school upbringing, and from this I raise the question, didn’t God grant seven years of bad times for seven years of good, or vice versa? In fact, purging plays a significant role in the bible. Perhaps the ‘crash’ is a modern day ‘flood’ and to be embraced by the devout as Gods way of cleansing the money markets of the greedy.
    It always amazes me that people run the argument ‘that God will do the right thing’ when seeking personal gain. Sarah Palin used the same line recently in reference to what will happen on Election Day. How does your faith reason with a result for your opponent, who favours so much of what you are against, such as limited abortion? I would love to ask her, the day after the election, that very question. Should believers such as her see the election as being Gods will and therefore God mandates that last resort abortion is acceptable; that the war should not be fought in his name and that ‘socialism’ is the way of the Lord?

    Religion is always used, by those that wield it, as an argument to support their own belief system. We should be grateful that there are some that choose to use it for greater good, rather than personal gain.

  6. Lee,
    you have spoken wisely. Countless people have used god as an excuse to further their own cause. Unfortunately it is the rare person to seek after the one and only true God for who He is and not how we would like to view him. We so often make up our own god and place a label on it calling it something else. God is good, but what the world sees as good is contrary to God.

  7. Thanks Crazy,
    Some would consider it a miracle that I spoke wisely. Dave could vouch for that. Does your religion offer sainthoods? Is there a saint of procrastination yet?

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