I can tell it, this movie is going to be heartbreaking
Jesus didn’t worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear).
In response to my last article, “10 Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus,” I was accused multiple times of being political. All I was trying to do was follow Jesus. So, I thought it’d be interesting (and generate tons more hate mail) to show what a list would actually look like if I were being political intentionally. Like the first list, this is not a complete list but it’s a pretty good place to start.
There will be those who comment and send me messages berating me for “making Jesus political.” It’s okay. Fire away. Jesus didn’t worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). Frequently, people who are the most vocal about not making Jesus political are the same people who want prayer in school and laws based on their own religious perspectives. By a happy little circumstance that brings us to my list:
10) Force your religious beliefs and practices on others.
One of the strengths of the faith Jesus taught was in its meekness. The faith he taught valued free will over compulsion – because that’s how love works. Compelling people to follow any religion, more or less your personal religion, stands over and against the way Jesus practiced his faith. If you are using the government to compel people to practice your spiritual beliefs, you might be the reason baby Jesus is crying. This does get tricky. There is a difference in letting your beliefs inform your political choices and letting your politics enforce your religion. This article is about the first part.
9) Advocate for war.
There’s a reason why he was called the Prince of Peace. Sure, you can quote, “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword,” and even two or three other verses, but they don’t hold a candle to the more than fifty-some verses where Jesus speaks about peace and peacemaking. It’s funny how things keep coming back to love but it needs to be said, it is way far away from loving a person to kill them. I guess there’s a reason why we say, “God is love.” In the end, love wins.
8) Favor the rich over the poor.
This is actually related to #4. Favoring the rich over the poor is a slap in the face of Jesus, his life, and his teachings. In terms of the teachings of Jesus, it is bad enough when we allow the rich to take advantage of the poor, but when we create laws that not only encourage the behavior but also protect it? Well, let’s just say it becomes crystal clear how ironic it is that we print, “In God We Trust,” on our money.
7) Cut funding that hurts the least of these.
To some degree, this is the inverse of #8. Favoring the rich is despicable. We Jesus minions should avoid it. Hurting the poor? Well, that’s just … just … um, something a whole lot worse than despicable. Despicabler? Über-despicable? When Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do it to me,” he meant it. When you cut funding and it hurts people, according to Jesus, you are hurting him.
6) Let people go hungry.
Well, well, well. What have we here? Is this an item from the original top ten list which I claimed was not politically motivated? Looks like I’ve stepped into my own clever trap! Muh wah ha ha! Seriously though, of course it’s on both lists. It is a spiritual issue and it is a political issue. Spiritually, Gandhi said, “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Politically, hunger causes problems with education, production, and civil behavior that are all necessary for a successful nation. More importantly for Christians, Jesus said when we feed the hungry, we are feeding him. So, yes, this item is on both lists – and I’m going to do it again.
5) Withhold healthcare from people.
This time I’m not only repeating an item, I’m repeating a lot of what I said. Did you ever play the game “Follow the Leader?” If you don’t do what the leader does, you are out. Following means you should imitate as closely as possible. When people who were sick needed care, Jesus gave it to them. If we are following Jesus, we will imitate him as closely as possible. No, the government can’t repeat the miracles he did but I’ve seen modern medicine do things that are about as close to a miracle as I expect to get. While the government can’t do miracles, it can supply modern medicine. Every year, 45,000 people die in the U.S. because of the lack of healthcare. We Christians like to talk about “saving” people. Well, I know of about 45,000 people who’d love for us to do it and we should – because that’s how love works.
4) Limit the rights of a select group of people.
Jesus loves everybody – but he loves me best. Kind of sits the wrong way with you, doesn’t it? Well, it should and with good reason. If you spend any time reading the Bible you know that we all were made in God’s image. Exactly which part of us is in God’s image is less clear, but what is clear is that we were equally made in the image of God. Any law that doesn’t treat people equally is as good as thumbing your nose at God. Even worse? Doing it in the name of God or based on religious beliefs (see #10).
3) Turn away immigrants.
Christian heritage runs through Judaism. We are an immigrant people. Even our religion began somewhere else. Our spiritual ancestors, Abraham and Sarah, were told by God to pick up what they had and start traveling. Moses, Miriam, and Aaron led a nation out of Egypt, into the desert and ultimately to new lands. Even Jesus spent part of his childhood as a foreigner in a foreign land. As Exodus says, we know how it feels to be foreigners in a foreign land. If you don’t think being foreigners in a foreign land is still our story, ask the Native Americans. At best, turning away immigrants makes us hypocrites; at worst, it makes us betrayers of our ancestors and our God.
2) Devalue education.
We learn in Proverbs that wisdom is something in which God delights daily. As a matter of fact, according to Proverbs, wisdom is better than gold. When you look at the percentage of our budget that goes to education and at what Congress is trying to do to student loans, it’s pretty clear that delighting in wisdom is something our government no longer does.
1) Support capital punishment — execution.
Jesus died by execution. He was an innocent man. Every year, innocent people die by execution in our nation. It’s time to be a shining city on a hill. It’s time to express the fullness of love, to express the value of life. It’s time to stop the government-sanctioned killing.
Mark Sandlin currently serves as the minister at Vandalia Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C. He received his M. Div. from Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity and has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and English with a minor in Computer Science. He’s an ordained minister in the PC(USA) and a self-described progressive.
THIS IS WHAT STAR TREK IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT
When JJ Abrams decided that he didn’t like the “philosophy” of Star Trek, this is some of the stuff he was knocking.
I guess the T&A distracted Abrams so much so that he missed the allegorical aspects too.
(Source: , via thefutureisyellow)
Well ok Kesha, maybe it’s because you’re an auto tuned peice of shit who shouldn’t be famous, you have no Buisness being in the music industry, it’s not even your music you fuck, someone else wrote it for you to record and them to auto tune yourself. And it’s not at all good . It’s not positive either. So complain some more.
I don’t know if you know this, tumblr user koolkidseatgreens, but Ke$ha is a certified genius. She has an IQ over 140 and an SAT score of 1500. When she was younger she would go to the library and do research for fun. Ke$ha is a both feminist and an advocate for equal marriage/rights for people of any sexuality, being a queer woman herself.
Ke$ha is a smart, professional woman, and just because she sings songs about wanting to let loose and have fun every once in a while doesn’t make her a piece of shit.
Ke$ha’s songs are meant to point out the sexism in our media. She treats men the same way many men in the music industry treat women, and she is hated on for it. Relentlessly. She sings on multiple occasions about taking charge in a sexual relationship, of how she only uses men for their body parts. She sexualizes men to make them uncomfortable. She sexualizes men for a reaction, so that people can both see why women are so uncomfortable with their sexualization and also to point out the inequality between the sexes both in the media and in the world at large.
She is judged so harshly for singing about things that make many men famous.
If you listen to Ke$ha’s deconstructed album you will see that she actually has some talent, which may be hard to hear because she does in fact use a fair amount of autotune. This is because of her genre and because of the kind of music she chooses to create as an artist. Ke$ha may not write her songs, but this doesn’t meant she isn’t a good artist or a good person. This doesn’t mean she deserves your harsh words. Some singers are good at writing, but that’s hardly a requirement. Last time I checked whether or not you can sing has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a poet.
You should not be calling anyone a piece of shit, my friend, especially someone you’ve never sat down and had a conversation (or even taken the time to wonder about her feelings!), but if anyone deserves that kind of language it’s not Ke$ha.
You may think that by shaming women for expressing their sexuality and having fun every once in a while, that you are somehow abolishing sexism. That in weeding out the less ‘deserving’ women you are gaining our sex more respect. This is not the case, and the fact that you and many others feel such a strong need to shame this woman who has done nothing wrong, especially not to you, shows that we still have a very far away to go.
So, if SPN were set in Urban America instead of Small Town America and Sam and Dean were the same except they were Black or Latin@, and the music was rap instead of classic rock five bucks Fox or someone would do a news story about how shows like SPN are ruining the moral fiber of America and how Sam and Dean glorify crime and how they’re horrible killers.
IT’S HILARIOUS HOW WE TAKE SHIT SERIOUSLY JUST BECAUSE IT’S WRITTEN IN LATIN OR GREEK WHEN CATULLUS WAS BASICALLY THE TAYLOR SWIFT OF HIS TIME AND VERGIL WAS JUST SOME DUDE WHO WROTE AN EPIC LONGFIC OF THE ODYSSEY WITH A SELF-INSERT PROTAGONIST AND PLATO WAS LIKE… THAT ANNOYING DUDE RANTING ON THE SUBWAY PLATFORM
I’M NOT SAYING WE SHOULD RESPECT THE ANCIENTS LESS, I’M SAYING WE SHOULD RESPECT THE MODERNS MORE
At some point with many things that drive you crazy you hit a breaking point, and I might have just reached mine. Now this isn’t aimed at sensible Republicans, I know there are a few out there. Th…
At some point with many things that drive you crazy you hit a breaking point, and I might have just reached mine.
Now this isn’t aimed at sensible Republicans, I know there are a few out there. The problem is the key part in that that sentence “a few”— very few, and seemingly getting smaller every day.
I can handle ideological difference. I can handle reasonable debate on issues such as immigration, taxes, our deficits and war. But what I can’t handle is utter stupidity. Just sheer ignorance about issues where not even the slightest bit of common sense seems to be prevalent in someone’s thought process.
It terrifies me that many of these people drive out on our roads without someone telling them what to think and do.
For example, someone like Sarah Palin. You see, we had the yearly White House Correspondence dinner this week. It’s a tradition that goes back to 1920 and something that almost every President has attended.
But here this twit just had to tweet about it…
Well first, it probably wasn’t even her that sent the actual tweet. I’m sure she’s too damn dumb to figure out how to properly use Twitter.
But still, her Twitter account sent out a tweet, and in pure Palin ignorance she basically said ‘while the rest of the country is out there working our asses off, the DC assclowns throw themselves a nerd prom.’ The keyword being working our asses off.
Excuse me? She’s working her ass off? Exactly what the hell is this bumbling idiot doing these days? She failed as a VP candidate, quit as governor, her shows (plural) failed and Fox News fired her—what the hell is she doing?
And heaven forbid that one night of the year, in an American tradition spanning 93 years, some of those in our nation’s capital poke fun at one another and have fun. That makes them assclowns? I know what it is, she’s still pissed off that she’ll never be present at one of these dinners. I mean hell, when you get fired from Fox News because you’re too much of a headcase, joining the likes of Glenn Beck in that respect, that says enough about what kind of assclown you are.
Then there’s the continued debate on gun regulation. I swear, if I hear “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” again my head might just pop right off.
Is alcohol an issue with drunk driving? Or is it just the people? No, alcohol is an issue with drunk driving, which is why we regulated it. Now I know what’s coming, “But drinking isn’t a right!” Who gives a crap. Just because it’s a right doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. Gun ownership might be a right, but that doesn’t suddenly negate the fact that guns are part of the problem! Just because over 200 years ago a group of men wrote a document that gave us the right to bear arms, doesn’t mean those arms are excused from ever being included as part of a problem with violence that includes those arms.
Many during that time argued slavery was a right too. In fact, many of the Founding Fathers were slave owners. Can we just finally agree that maybe their judgement on every issue wasn’t exactly perfect? Especially considering that during their time guns were single-shot muskets, not rapid fire semi-automatics with large magazines.
And if you think this government fears an armed populous, you’re clearly too mentally unstable to own a gun. How well did that work out for the south during the Civil War? Overthrow the government did they? Oh no, that’s right, they got their asses kicked by the federal government and had to free their slaves. And this was when our government, and military, were much weaker.
Then the whole “homosexuals are sinners” argument. Let’s just put it like this: If you’re a Christian, you have but one judge and that’s God. If homosexuals are to be “dammed to hell” as millions of these right-wing Christians believe, then so bet it—let them find that out when they face God. Until then, shut your mouth, live your own life and worry about your own damn sins. Because I’m sure you’re guilty of plenty.
But for the rest of us who are sane, we all know people are born the way they are born. Our sexual orientation isn’t a choice. As a Christian, I believe God made both straight and gay individuals. Our actions toward others determine what kind of people we are, not who we love.
And of course there are the Republicans who hate Obama more than they claim to love the United States. You know who you are. The ones who would rather have millions of people lose their jobs, homes and family if it would make President Obama look bad. The ones who call yourselves “proud patriots” yet hate our government, hate millions of Americans and seem to love some version of the Constitution that’s never existed.
Oh, and for you “the Republican opposition to President Obama has nothing to do with race” people—spare me. I live in Texas, you know how often I hear conservatives who don’t know I’m a liberal call Obama some racially derogatory word? I’ll just say it’s more than I hear him called President.
But let’s just take a look at this image that compares Republican majority states and the states of the Confederacy:
But I’m sure there’s no coincidence with that—none at all.
I’ve just had it with people who seem to live in some alternate reality where facts, history, science, math and common sense are all vulgar words and thoughts.
Where the use of critical thinking seems to be taboo for millions when it comes to discussing the issues which face our nation.
Again, I’m not asking that we agree upon every issue. I’m simply asking that when we begin to discuss these issues, we’re discussing them in the same dimension of reality.
And right now it’s not even close to happening.