Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Prelude: A definition of terms
Christian, anyone who believes in the life and teachings of Jesus and does their best to live their life in accordance with his two commandments of Matthew chapter 20, verses 37-40. For those of you unfamiliar with them this is the gist; love God with your total being and love your neighbor as yourself.
Neighbor: mankind in general, all individuals in particular.
God: Unfortunately I find myself at a loss for words. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy.
A non-definition of terms
Religious right is not synonymous with Christian. For some of the religious right any correlation between their lives and the above definition is coincidental and purely unintentional.
For anyone upset by any or all of the above, fear not, for I am not your judge. I do not know what is in your heart. However, each of us bears responsibility for judging actions, so I do.
My faith and belief is being sorely tested by the implosion of the current Bush Administration. I find it increasingly difficult not to feel absolutely giddy over America finally awakening from its slumber of the past 25 years. Of course there is nothing wrong with that. In fact it would be totally unchristian not to be ecstatic about a nation finally realizing that its values since the Reagan years have been co-opted by greed, gluttony, and avarice. No, the problem is that I find myself not only being unable to feel sorrow and pain for those individuals who are seeing their world collapse, but in some instances I am feeling pleasure and happiness in their situation. There is no degree of rationalization that could ever excuse that. Hate the sin not the sinner. I pray I do better.
But God has told us all along that we are human and not perfect. And he loves us anyway. There sure is a lesson in that.
The Bush Credo - No Sacrifice Is Too Great For Others To Make.
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