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  •  The Red Letter Christians (1+ / 0-)
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    willb48

    include the Gospel of St. Thomas on equal par with Mark, Mathew, John and Luke.

    This is perhaps the best bet in current Progressive American Christianity along with other note worthy trends like Hortons revival of Covenant Theology (see God of Promise) and Dr. Obrey Hendricks, Jr., The Politics of Jesus (published this Sept. with blazing condemnation of American Right Wing Christianity, Regan, Bush and Chenny while praising Carter, even Johnson for his Great Society effort).

    The New Sanctuary Movement, while just picking up in response to US Immigration Laws that break up families of undocumented workers without concern for the children, often American citizens, lacks the furfor of the Sanctuary Movement in the 80s and its strong association with Liberation Theology. Those people of faith involved, however, have little doubt how Christ would have them "welcome (love) the stranger".

    As a political progressive and person of faith I've found my fellow (secular) progressives highly suspicious of my Christian identity and often less than willing to extend any credibility to my commitment to working toward reforming our corrupt, immoral, and idolatros government.

    Even among the GLBT community contempt for Christians, even those on the front lines for egual GLBT, is thick.

    Political Progressives need to understand the Republican manipulation of groups like Dobsons "Value" wing-nuts and open the door for Christians who understand Christs message is all about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving a voice to the voiceless, and protecting the most vulnerable here and through-out the world.

    •  It is sad (1+ / 0-)
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      Danish Brethren

      Many so-called "Christians" bring disrepute upon the message of hope and common salvation taught by Jesus.  

      1. Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."

      Perhaps, knowing ourselves is more important than swearing allegiance to any faith or doctrine.  As we know ourselves, so shall we know each other.  

      As we know each other, compassion may blossom.  Some may find this compassion through the teachings of the Buddha, some through worship of Krishna, some through Sufism.  All true paths lead toward union.

      I believe and hope it may be so.

      Thank you for your beautiful comment.

      Christian concern for the persecuted, the helpless, the lost, can never be overcome by hatred.   People of faith must lead by example.  The sanctuary movement is an eloquent expression of such leadership.

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