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I am sold on the love of Jesus Christ for all of humanity, and I am so ashamed of some of the comments coming from some of my 'Christian' brothers which totally negate the meaning of the Gospel.   What really drove me nuts just yesterday was the story about the gay 20-year-old being physically and verbally assaulted by his parents, just because he confessed that he is gay.  Let me set the record straight.   Jesus came to show the love of God for broken people.  He did NOT come to compel people to adhere to some moral code.  He did NOT come to condemn people who did not measure up to His perfect holiness.  

So I am very ashamed that we have not shown the love of God to LGBT people.  They are made in the image of God.  And if an LGBT person tells me that he was born that way,  how in the world can I justify passing judgement on him and claim that he was not born that way?  How could I possibly know?  I am only called to love him,  just as I am called to love everyone else.

I am ashamed that we have condemned women who seek abortion as murderers, rather than trying to understand their reasons for choosing abortion.  I am ashamed that we have told them they must not have an abortion,  but we do nothing to help them after the baby is born.  Hypocrisy!   If we really cared about the unborn baby, we would have volunteered to provide a save living environment for the baby after he/she is born,  and would have done everything possible to give that child a loving home and a good education.

I am ashamed that we have because so arrogant and haughty,  claiming that we  are right and holy and everyone else is detestable.   This is NOT the love of God in action.  We have no right to judge anyone,  since we are just as sinful as everyone else.  

Jesus once said that the world would know his disciples by their love for one another.  But we have not demonstrated this love.    Instead,  we argue among ourselves over petty issues of doctrine,  and we condemn the people Jesus died for.

I hope everyone reading this can see that there is a God of Love who really wants to know everyone.   In spite of the actions and statements of some who claim to be Christian, but make Christianity look like a hate group instead of a group who gives out the Love of God to everyone.

Originally posted to EdBarker on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 10:20 AM PDT.

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  •  To quote the hymn... (13+ / 0-)

    ..."They will know we are Christians by our love."  May it be so.

  •  not a trusted brand (17+ / 0-)
    Jesus once said that the world would know his disciples by their love for one another.
    I think you hit the nail on the head.  There is an "us vs. them" mentality.   Many of them love "one another", people who think like them, but hate everyone else.

    You personally have no reason to be ashamed.  You sound like a decent human being.  It would be a mistake to try to carry the actions of the entire group of Christians on your own back, however.  The burden of it would crush you.

    The thing I learned a long time ago is that Christianity is not a brand that anyone can depend on.   Saying you are a Christian doesn't mean that you won't steal, lie, assault people, rape people, discriminate against people, kill people or anything else that a person might fear.  They want it to be a "trusted brand", but experience demonstrates that it is not.  

    Only your personal reputation will determine what manner of person you are.

  •  I think Jesus' emphasis was on examining one's (10+ / 0-)

    OWN behavior and working on that, not looking over everyone else's shoulder in order to pass judgment.

    I applaud those Christians who adhere to the former.

    The others, in my opinion, completely misunderstand what they profess to be certain about.

    Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

    by ZedMont on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 10:46:28 AM PDT

    •  Yep...and judgment was explicitly prohibited... (10+ / 0-)

      ...as was the obscene accumulation of wealth.

      I think that Jesus' intentions relative to humanity are summed up with the Beatitudes, which reflect those who will be blessed for their actions:

      Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

      Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

      Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

      Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

      Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

      Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

      Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      Note: NOWHERE does it say one is blessed for their riches, judgment, status, sexual orientation, church affiliation, or anything short of how they treat other people and the quality of what's in their heart.

      It makes me sick to my stomach to see how conservatives have co-opted Jesus for their own. I think he would condemn them if he were still walking the Earth.

      I have never been fond of holding my nose and doing anything...even when someone farts in the elevator.

      by Love Me Slender on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 10:58:48 AM PDT

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      •  The Beatitudes: Republican Style (5+ / 0-)

        Blessed are the poor in spirit,
        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
        Please note that I did NOT SAY "blessed are the poor."  The poor are poor because they refuse to work hard and there is no blessing for anyone like that.

        Blessed are they who mourn,
        for they shall be comforted.
        Frankly, they should just get over it, …
        But in the mean time, they can be comforted (if they aren't gay, communist, or Muslim - especially not if they are Muslim).

        Blessed are the meek,
        for they shall inherit the earth.  
        But in the mean time, you strong people should be allowed to do whatever you want.

        Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
        for they shall be satisfied.
        Better yet, make sure that you get VENGENCE whenever possible - then I don't need to even the score for you in the end.

        Blessed are the merciful,
        for they shall obtain mercy.
        And the rich should get richer and the poor should only get what they deserve.

        Blessed are the pure of heart,
        for they shall see God.  
        For purposes of this "pure of heart" means that you only lust for people of the opposite gender.

        Blessed are the peacemakers,
        for they shall be called children of God.
        Blessed even more are the war-makers for they shall kick-ass and inherit the earth (oh, already used that one) OK, the war makers will make sure the rest of the world sends you the oil. So they are most blessed of all and you should call them "heroes."

        Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  
        But you can't be a heaven-destined, blessed persecuted person unless there is someone doing the persecuting. So, rich people, you should be grateful that I provided the poor people to persecute you.

        You matter to them IF YOU VOTE!

        by nuketeacher on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 11:44:18 AM PDT

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  •  I don't think you owe anyone an apology (7+ / 0-)

    You, like many other progressive Christians are the true representation of Christ.

    As an example: In 2012, I did a lot of phonebanking in favor of marriage equality in WA. We worked out of a church, sometimes in the pews when over-staffed.

    The self-righteous need to be apologizing...but they won't.

  •  I'm as atheist as they come (4+ / 0-)
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    I have also been denounced for my atheism and for being trans by those same people you are talking about. I've been fired, assaulted, arrested and beaten in the name of "Christian" morality. While I appreciate your speaking out, yours is a lonely voice in a wilderness of hate and condemnation coming from your side of the equation. "Christians" have turned me from Catholicism to Agnosticism to Atheism and finally to anti Theism. There just aren't enough people who speak like you to undo that damage. I want nothing to do with your god or his followers.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 10:57:26 AM PDT

  •  As a practicing Christian for most of my life, (6+ / 0-)

    I have the current incarnation of Christianity to thank for leading me, finally, to agnosticism and distrust of all organized religion and, more particularly, its leadership.  I must say, however, the new Pope seems like a fine person and courageous in some ways.

    I'm happy for you that your beliefs give you comfort, and I will not challenge those beliefs, nor those of anyone else regardless of their religion, as long as they refrain from pressing their beliefs on me or others....particularly thru legislation...as has been done in many states....or in the case of Islam, currently subjugating their own humanity and civil law to religiously inspired brutality.

     

    The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri

    by Persiflage on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 11:31:49 AM PDT

  •  There is a distinction to be made between (2+ / 0-)

    the personal faith of Christianity and the community of those who follow that faith, and the authoritarian political cult that has appropriated Christianity as a hammer or as a "fortress wall" for worldly acquisition of power and money.

    There is also an enormous industry of hucksters and racketeers who "fleece" their "sheep" and whose interests are served by the distraction of a "war on Christianity" and an "us vs them" world view.

    This political cult is very dangerous. It is very important that sincere practicing Christians not buy into or are pushed into this cult by the flux and vicissitudes of social change. Right now the ranks of this cult are a little swelled with "soft" adherents as a reaction to progress on gay rights, but over time, many of these people will fall out as same sex marriage rights fail to provoke an apocalypse. Those that stoke the fear and loathing within this cult will not be able to sustain the effect.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 11:56:48 AM PDT

  •  I join you (2+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites, mommyof3

    And you are not alone.  There is an entire movement out there.  One site I follow is The Christian Left.  That is a site which uses the words of Christ to explain why we cannot be homophobic, misogynistic, color or ethnic bigoted, etc. and why we cannot deny health care to anybody.  It also supports the rights of those who work to be treated respectfully and paid honorably.

    Christ stood up for the poor, the abused, the lonely, the hungry, the sick and the disenfranchised.  He admonished us to love one another.  He said feed my lambs.  He did not say feed the white lambs.  He did not say feed only the lambs from these ewes and (what do you call male sheep?).  He did not say feed only the male lambs, or the lambs that bleat thusly, or any other criteria.  Just feed my lambs.  We should take note of that.

  •  You've got a problem with your book. Most of your (0+ / 0-)

    fellow believers are not familiar with it, and those who are can find justification for any behavior, no matter how heinous. And to top it all off, no matter what a bastard you've been, no matter how much pain and misery you bring into the world, it's all OK as long as you say you're sorry before you die.

    Your religion has more to atone for than can ever be accomplished, and the complete lack of responsibility taken is the final affront.

    I'm sure you're trying to be a good person, but the vehicle you've chosen is defective.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 12:53:15 PM PDT

  •  Don't mistake Jesus with bigots. They are as far (0+ / 0-)

    from each other as I am from Orion.

  •  Here we go AGAIN! (1+ / 0-)
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    gsenski

    Another Jesus diary.

    Dear Diarist... just the other day we all learned that Jesus never existed.  You are behind in the news. Maybe you should apologize for that?

    PS- God wants to really know everyone??? That's about the most nonsensical thing I seen written on this site, and that's saying a lot. Maybe God should open an account on Christian Mingle.

    VPS- Jesus threatened people with hell. I don't like him and think he needs to take some morality lessons from the humanists.

  •  Too late. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mirthandirxiii

    A childhood filed with Christian abuse and an adulthood of trying to accommodate Christians who feel abused has left me an atheist.

  •  Ah, one from the true church! (2+ / 0-)
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    linkage, Cassandra Waites

    A rarity. Be not ashamed of those who would abuse you in the name of their own greed. Be not afraid of those who would abuse you in the name of their own fear.

    The new pope does indeed seem to be a man following in the footsteps of Jesus. Regardless of Jesus was a real man or not, are not the principals left as his teachings worth following?

    I too have left the church. I am a neo-pagan now, but I do not despise those who still follow those teachings. Nor do I hate those of any other religion. People of good will are good people irregardless of what God, if any, they follow. By denigrating this diarist for their faith, you are no better than those you say drove you from your church, and caused you to lose your faith.

    Sorry not everyone fits the mold into which you would cast them.

    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair. Douglas Adams

    by coyote66 on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 06:33:19 PM PDT

  •  Thank you and have a nice day. (0+ / 0-)

    I don't agree with your theology, but thank you.

  •  I love this. (0+ / 0-)

    It's words like these that reinforce my faith in humanity, if only just a bit.

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