Christian values and voting not just a game

The last few days in our ecclesia we looked at the evolution of human kind in the Old and New World.

We remembered all those brave men and women who saw how the Old World was deviating from good ideals and from the Word of God. They found they became too limited in their possibility to think and react freely. For this reason they did dare to cross the vast ocean to go and find new pastures where they would be able to develop freely.

Most of those undertaking the big adventure carried whit them the mental legacy of the Judeo-Christian values and liberty. Though lots of battles they did to conquer some land to make their dreams come through can not still be justified, history can not be remade, but the wounds can be healed.

Do Christians have a responsibility to vote?

Photo: Lauren Carroll

Time is near that America mends the cracks of human actions of centuries ago, but by healing the wounds recognises the right of being of the native population, and with it also their way of life.

The white Europeans had been brought up with a superiority feeling about the quality of their way of life and their superior values. Today many of those still have imperialist or colonialist superior feelings and do think in no other societies a peaceful and successful life can be build up.  Perhaps this comes from them not travelling abroad much or of not knowing much about other places in the world.

For almost 2000 years, the biblical claim all humans are made in the ”image of God”, and so are profoundly and inherently valuable, has called on those who believe that idea to treat men and women as ”sacred”, regardless of capacities or contributions to society, has conquered many places. But having placed men above nature, many where not so kind to the other elements of Creation, and did not bother so much about plants or animals. They were considered just part of the universe to be used by the humans.

Lots of humans just used everything around them, without ever thinking of those coming after them, or of those elements themselves which they were using. According to them they alone have feelings and are able to think. For many of them they had not to take notice of the feelings of plants (because they had none) or animals (because they were a lesser kind). Being part of the creation, many also began dreaming to create their own world. Giving in to their dreams they also even wanted to begin to play for God. As such they grew away from their Creator, the Only One God.

By putting God in the back-room, many started loosing certain good values and ethics.

In many old societies, people were cared for and family values were high on the ladder. But in the so called Christian world we start to see that people are not any more interested in those old family traditions of taking care of each other. As soon as parents or grandparents or considered too old, they are disposed off. First by putting them away in seclusion, and afterwards by giving them the syringe to have them leave this world.

Some say “Of course, most of us love our grandmas. We don’t need religion to tell us to look after them.” But as more people from industrialised countries move into high-care facilities and dementia units, sometimes at a great distance from family, society will need a solid intellectual ground for increasing contributions to those who can no longer give back.

Today we have come to societies where they only want to see people in the community who can be useful to the whole group and even more can bring in money to the industry. Those who can not do anything for industry or do not yield money and produces taxes, are considered worthless for the community and redundant.

Those things which do not generate money are also considered worthless and not interesting to invest into. Education, Arts, Public Transport, Gardening are things considered a waste of money, and like health care not to be taken care of  by the whole community. Not many seem to see the importance of trying to create a nice looking environment, living quarters surrounded by lovely green, beautiful parks, clean rivers and lakes to swim in. And why should they take care of others to be able to go and see places, when everybody should buy their own car and take care the auto-mobile industry has work enough? Why should they care to contribute,  by taxes, to provide for education and health care, when everybody should be himself responsible for what and how he learns something, and for what happens to his or her health?

Solidarity” has become a word missing in many persons dictionaries today.

Strange when you know it are just those societies who want to be proud over their Judeo – Christian funding and values. Christianity inherited from the Jews a theology of human dignity and a program of social welfare, and added the thought that Christ had died for the world, even for the lowly and neglected. Those who call themselves Christian should be examples for others showing that they are really following the teachings of their so called master Christ Jesus, the Messiah. This Jew from Nazareth is by many Americans not recognised as being a Jew and his preachings about peace and not taking up arms against each other is taken no notice of. Many in the so called Christian world give the go-by to social matters of their ‘communist avant la lettre’. They give the coldshoulder and produce, sell and use weapons like it is the best invention they ever had to protect themselves.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In older societies as in the Jewish one compassion was due to all, especially to the overlooked. And so was born the tradition of ”charity”. At the time of Jesus, other societies, like the educated Greeks and Romans criticised Christianity for this. To them it was a religion for the poor and useless. Atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the first in the modern era to admit that the ”death of God” meant the end of objective ethical values. Naturally he meant the death of Jesus, because God can not die (He is eternal). But Nietzsche did think about God also as Creator and how He had given His Creation, the first man and woman, the assignment to take care of God’s Creation. They were allowed to give names to al things, but they also had to respect those things.

That commission many have forgotten or do think it is not for them. Nietzsche didn’t think that we would all descend into immorality as soon as we stopped believing in a creator, only that at the philosophical level a secular society has to abandon the notion of a universal ”moral law”. Ethics could, henceforth, only be based on social convention or practical utility.

When we look around we also are able to notice secular societies with high ethics and norms to live in a way that doe not harm the rest around the individual. The atheist philosopher Raimond Gaita says that the secularist may feel like saying humanity is ”inestimably precious”,  but ”only someone who is religious can speak seriously of the sacred”.

Yale’s great philosopher-theologian Nicholas Wolterstorff goes further in his book Justice: Rights and Wrongs. He argues that a rational justification for treating humans as ”inestimably precious”, regardless of capacities, can only be found in a theistic framework. Only if the abandoned infant on the hills of ancient Rome or the estranged resident in a Sydney dementia unit is created in the image of God, can we secure an intellectual basis for treating both individuals with the same dignity we afford society’s most able. {1}

If he is right, we should all be concerned that there is an ageing population at the same time there is a decline in belief in a transcendent narrative of humanity’s sacred worth. The secular West may one day be able to offer an account of human dignity equal in power to the biblical one. Or perhaps one of the other religions on the rise in Australia will take Christianity’s place in providing the conceptual framework for ”defending life’s disinherited and condemned”’. Until then, I worry that ”we all love our gran” won’t cut it in the long run.{1}

Ian de Silva wonders how the American nation, that once stunned the world by its superhuman achievements can castrate itself now into such sheepish timidity where its people now hesitate to celebrate their Judeo-Christian patriotism. For him it is clear that the answer is fairly simple — “America has turned its back on its founding values. It is an apostasy that is particularly poignant on the Fourth of July.” {2}

For him, though, cultures are not equally relevant and for him it is clear that there is something extraordinary about Western culture. Because of this higher quality of the Western culture “so many cultures so utterly fail to provide opportunities for their people that millions of them have to immigrate to the West to improve their lives”.

“Denying the superiority of the latter culture is tantamount to denying the difference between night and day.” he says.{2}

Ian de Silva shows his imperialist thinking when he proclaims: “After all, anyone who takes an objective look at the world must admit the undeniable fact that Western cultures happen to be more educated, more civilized, and more democratic than non-Western ones. Yet that simple fact is ignored by liberals in their assertion that no culture is superior to another.”

What lets people think they are more superior to an other? Often they do not want to understand the way of thinking of other cultures or do not want to agree with their way of live. North America has been a beautiful example of that, by the white suppressors for many years, not wanting to see that the native Indians had a descent way of life until it became ruined by the white Europeans. For years those old Europeans forced their way of living on the natives. Not only foisted they their company, they also imposed their attitudes and their values as the only ones which could be right. With what an honour? To what reason?

English: The Christian population of the world...

English: The Christian population of the world map by percentage of each country. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do a lot of Americans forget that their ancestors just flee away from the Old World because they had found out that the Christian Judeo way of life did not bring them the best way of life? In case the Western culture was ‘the Max’, why did they leave most of their belongings at the continent and crossed the Ocean to go to the unknown to look for new and better pastures? In case their Christian upbringing was the only one which could bring forth the best culture and the best living quarters, why did they have to go to such a far place?

I am not saying we do not see other cultures, who are lesser or are equally able to make something of their country. We can not deny their are several countries and so many cultures who utterly fail to provide opportunities for their people. But we also recognise that in certain of those countries there are more people believing in god  and fulfilling the requirements of their denominations than in the industrialised countries, where so many call themselves Catholic, but do not follow the teachings of their pope, and do not regularly to worship services.

When Ian de Silva says: “In fact, if all cultures are equally relevant and respectable, then they must be equally capable—yet why is there not a single non-Western culture that indigenously produced a great democracy which continues to attract people from all over the world?” he forgets all those major civilisation the world had before the United States of America came into being.

He forgets the way Neandertalers lived and took care of their beloved. (Or perhaps he thinks they did never existed.) He perhaps forgot that long before the Europeans crossed the ‘Silent Ocean’ in the 16 th century, the Polynesian people had done that already long time before them. He forgets very important high civilisations like theSoumerians in Mesopotamia 30 centuries before Christ, a prophet to restore, was born. He does not remember Sargon I from Accadia who founded the first major empire in history. what about Babylon the mighty power in Mesopotamia and the Fenicians. Just to name a few major culture which managed like the Mayan and Eastern (China and Japan) populations to invent many things and bring indispensable attributes to the worldhistory.

Lots of marvelous mathematical and scientific inventions were taken over from people not believing in the Jewish (non trinitarian) and/or Christian (trinitarian or non-trinitarian = not believing in the Holy Trinity because God is one) God as well as from in God believing Muslims (only a non-trinitarian), like the Muslim Iberians, Berber and Arab descendants from Northern Africa, the Moors, Moreno or Mauri. They who came from from the small Numidian Kingdom of Maure of the 3rd century BCE in what is now northern central and western part of Algeria and a part of northern Morocco.

Americans may not forget the history of humankind and they do need to keep an eye on their own history of a newly formed nation build on a lot of aspirations.

Take the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They were written by white men from a Judeo-Christian ethos—and the country they founded has become the most egalitarian nation in the world according some. Though how long did it take before coloured people were accepted as equal? How long did it take before women got the same rights as men? and today we still not only see no equality in multicoloured people not in multi cultures. Also some of them say their country is the only heaven on earth where men and women of all races and religions can find a refuge. But that is not as reality shows. How do certain Americans react to other believers in God like Muslim and non-Trinitarian Christians? Those believers in the same God, in case you take Jehovah as the Americans their God, and not the son of God, Jesus, the man from Nazareth, have much more trouble to be accepted in the community than atheists or Buddhists. Zen has even become popular by many so called Christians.

In several American blogs we are able to find a lot of wishful thinking about the wonderful accomplishments of their Western culture having produced a human-rights instrument as powerful as the Declaration or the Constitution.  Yes, it is something marvellous, in a certain way, if it is used properly, to give everybody freedom.

The sources and interpretation of the Declaration have been the subject of much scholarly inquiry. The Declaration justified the independence of the United States by listing colonial grievances against King George III, and by asserting certain natural and legal rights, including a right of revolution. {3}

With the recent electionwritings we clearly can notice that many Americans are still very far away from the idea written in that declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Though this may be called This has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language” {4}, containing “the most potent and consequential words in American history.”{5}

The above mentioned passage came to represent a moral standard to which the United States and other civilised should strive. But it not mean that the population at that time, living in the Northern boundaries, in 1776 were there already, nor that the 2012 population of Northern America is already up to that point.  Looking at the many blogs we can notice they still have to walk a long way.

The United States Constitution has been interpreted and used by many also to inspire the work for the rights of marginalized people throughout the world.

But already from the beginning there were arguments about the proposed freedom for every one. Because the colonies were not directly represented in Parliament, colonists argued that Parliament had no right to levy taxes upon them. This tax dispute was part of a larger divergence between British and American interpretations of the British Constitution and the extent of Parliament’s authority in the colonies. {6}

Today the tax matter is still a difficult ‘something’. Lots of Americans do not want to see that when a state wants to protect the freedom of every body, it has also to provide the ways to have those people being save to make the best of their live, having the right and proper eduction, no matter of which believe they are, having the same possibilities to stay healthy as every one, no matter if they have a chronicle or other decease, having no or a lot of money.

A democratic state willing to offer freedom for everybody has to offer everybody the opportunity to study those subjects they want to study. To take care of the values given by one person to the other, it is also important the the State does take care of the Spiritual Education combined with Secular education. Education in Human Values is an answer for any number of social maladies that we are witnessing.  Lots of Americans seem to forget that Values are Universal and  inherent in every human being. They are beyond the culture or religion.

Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Oklahoma Health Care Authority (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A national healthcare system, in which every body contributes according his own possibilities, shall always be a better way than private companies who have to make sure that they can earn enough money. Basic health care is a necessity in a community which has respect and is aware of all the problems people can encounter in their live. Extra medication and nursing can be provide by private companies, which should be able to be on the market to be chosen by those who want such or such company.

Also for housing the State should take care that every body can live in proper dwellings. Lodging and care or one of those things a civilised community should take care of, believing or not.

Strangely enough it are just those people who claim to be followers of Jesus, who preached love, unselfishness and understanding, who take a selfish attitude not wanting to take care of the deprived, and not willing to contribute to those who have lesser luck than them.

Also about arms they have a total opposite idea as Christ Jesus, who opposed any weapon and was against quarrelling and any sort of fight. But on the other hand they say they are just the persons to defend those Judeo-Christian values.

It is good they notice that their community has gone far away of the Words of God, but at the same time they do not see how far they have gone from the teachings of their so called master, Jesus Christ.

Many of the industrialised countries have forgotten that God told them not to be upset by evildoers or envious of those who do wrong, for soon they will wither like grass and fade like the green in the fields. The  problem of today is that so many have lost trust in Adonai Elohim Hashem Jehovah. Instead of trying to do good, even to those whom they do not like they look for ways to protect themselves with goods which are an horror to the Almighty God.

They also forget that they are just tenants in this universe and are allowed to stay here on earth like God allows others to walk on this earth.

Instead of being pleased that they are able to settle in the land God has provided for them, they think they own the country and should be the once who can decide who can live in it, but has to follow their only rules. and feed on faithfulness.

Instead of delighting themselves in the Power of the Most High, whose teachings they should follow and use to educate their flock, they are not only happy whit what the Adonai, God gives them. They always seem to want more. Greediness has become part of the modern world.

Lots of people also have lost trust that God will give them their heart’s desire, when they commit their way to Jehovah. Today we do find more Muslim who dare to say “trust in him, and he will act.” than Christians. (Psalms 37:5) It seems we are able to find more believers in that community who trust that God will make their vindication shine forth like light, the justice of their cause like the noonday sun. (Psalms 37:6)

The westerners keep running, but do not run any more the race of which the apostle Paul was talking. The majority of the inhabitants of those so called civil countries go for the money and wealth. They have become slaves of industry and capitalism. Lots of them have lost moral, not because people without a faith would have no moral. In many previous civilisations we could see better moral than in those so called Christian societies.

I do agree, that in case more people would have kept to the teaching of Christ, and would have followed the Words his Father has given to the world, we would be able to live in a much better world, whit less problems and more equality and love.

Today we do find a lot of people who look jealously to those who have it better then they, and who are upset by those whose way succeeds because of their wicked plans. Instead of stopping being angry, putting aside rage, and not being upset, they led them be carried away, leading them to evil, making them haughty, not always telling the truth, not always doing like the Holy Scriptures prescribes them to do for their best, preferring to fight with weapons instead of trusting God.

Such trust does not mean we have to be naive, but it means we have to take precautions and take care that we do not come in certain situations.

Those who really trust God and have confidence in what the man of Nazareth, Jesus did for all the sinners, should have no fear to help others and to be a good example so that hey could be won for their case, for evildoers will be cut off, but those hoping in Adonai, the Only One God, will inherit the land. We may be convinced that soon the wicked will be no more.

“A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.” (Psalms 37:10 NIV)

Lots of people may laugh at those free Christians, who do not find themselves bounded by one or an other organisation or politician. Thy know that Jesus will be king in the most perfect empire, the Kingdom of God, and that they have to be just patient until the day arrives.

Those who take not to arms and are opposed to any war, do know that no way out we shall have to face the third World War. But the best weapon to go to the battle is to prepare ourselves with building up our mind to get the right spirit to be able to endure that great battle, which is whatever we try to do to avoid it, coming soon.

We know that the meek will inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

Adonai Jehovah shall stay on the side of those who love Him and are willing to give their trust in His hand. The real believers know that it is better the little that the righteous has than the wealth of all the wicked, for the arms of the wicked will be broken, but God upholds the righteous.

“16 A little that a righteous man has \@is\@ better than the riches of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but Yahweh upholds the righteous.” (Psalms 37:16-17 KJBPNV)

We should be pleased with what we have and be willing to share with those who are not so fortunate. Being prepared to give the government money so that they can take care for the ill or for those who have to be educated, is an important task of any Christian, the name worthy.

“21  The wicked borrows, and pays not again: but the righteous shows mercy, and gives. 22 For \@such as are\@ blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and \@they that are\@ cursed of him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a \@good\@ man are ordered by Yahweh: and he delights in his way.” (Psalms 37:21-23 KJBPNV)

When people do live in a community they should take interest in all of that community, and not only of those who think the same as they. Believers in God should let others see that there is a real difference in the way they live and handle. They may not neglect that there are enough other believers and non-believers who also do good.

People of God should live according the ordinances of God, as righteous being generous and giving without demanding.

Living in this world, they also should be aware of what is happening in this world. So they should speak out, but also be very aware of the act they do. In case they have the freedom to vote they should do a good research of the values and laws the ‘to be elected’ would stand for. When their is no good choice to be made, one is always better to take the best out of the worst.

No matter how hard you try, you cannot separate politics and religion. In case something happens in the world a believer has to come up and give his opinion, a Christian coming into defence for the poorer and the weaker one.

If Christians sit on the sidelines during elections and those who do not believe in Biblical principles are elected, those Christians who do not vote are profoundly responsible for the unrighteous principles that, ultimately, govern the nation.

“Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9 KJBPNV)

In many states people had to fight to get the right to vote. In many countries it took ages before plebs, labourers, non-rich, and women got the right and equal votes as those who had money and power. People should recognise the freedom for which their forefathers fought for and died for and even generations to follow. Every vote should count, but those who do not vote give their voice a way to the majority, which is not always the best choice.  As Christians, we should accept the governmentsystem God has allowed to exist, but we should use our voice when we are given the right to express our opinion. Therefore we should vote and trust in God’s sovereignty as our Supreme being to guide the elected official or to bring them down.

Your God Is Here

Your God Is Here (Photo credit: sutton_steven)

We cannot or should not abstain from voting. Even when the system can leave us cold, we should not let our neutral mind let the wrong person dictate others something for some years to come.

We never should think our vote does not matter. God uses weak and ordinary people to do great things. The smallest step of faithful obedience by God’s grace can turn the course of history. God can use day-to-day decisions to advance his kingdom in and through us. Nothing done in his service is ever in vain and our job is to be faithful to him where he has placed us and trust the results to him. In case a country asks for our vote, we should be willing to let them hear it and go to the polls.

The founders of the American new State wanted to create a balance that would endure for over 200 years…in what would become the greatest nation ever created by man. Their hopes were high.

But it is wrong and arrogant to think that “No civilization in the history of the world has ever experienced such a rapid rise from creation to global super-power. ” {7} It ignorance to all those civilisations there have been in the past. Like we can not ignore religion we also can not ignore history.

Americans of today should recognise that their founding Fathers did not embrace the Judeo-Christian principles because they were religious zealots, they embraced the Judeo-Christian principles because they are the principles of goodness, the principles of morality and the principles of justice.

For those principles of morality and justice they should go for. The extra dimension the Judeo-Christian way of life can give to the world should be brought into the picture so that others can believe in it. That shall not going to work as long as there are so many people who call themselves ‘Christian’ but hold on to more than one lover, wife or husband, do kill unborn life, or people who are not useful any more for the capitalist community, do not act according the teaching of love and sympathy.

People shall, in a certain way, always get what they choose for. In case they voted some government they can not complain afterwards that this government brought something in Law, when they could have figured that out beforehand. God absolutely instructs us to obey man’s laws unless they violate God’s laws, so as long as they are not against the Will of God, we shall have to obey them. And have to pay our taxes for example. (Giving the Emperor what belongs to the emperor.)

“And Yahshua answering said to them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.” (Mark 12:17 KJBPNV)

“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20 KJBPNV)

“And he died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them, and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV_2011)

Lots of Christians forgot to  honour their parents, their higher place persons as a worker his master, but putting God in the first place. They started to despise God but also the systems God allows to exist on this earth.

In case a people thinks it has all the right because they do form the majority, than it places itself before God, who allows those other people to be there as well. Even more wrong is it to think to have the right to impose your own believes on those who were there already in that country long before you. American whites should recognise that they came in the country and took away land from the original natives. They also forced laws onto them.

If their idea of ‘Freedom’ is ‘Power only exist to majority’ than they probably do have a total different idea of freedom than the founders of the United States, and surely from my concept of Freedom. Than also they would not have to wonder in a few years time that other nations conquer them and impose their laws as the only ones to take and follow, giving them the right to torture or kill those who do not take over their way of life and religion.

I put it crude, to make my point. But Freedom signifies that there is a common or universal agreement to respect each others ideas and ways of life. This comprehends the freedom of religion, freedom of language, freedom of speech, and is build on the trust not to take that freedom for own advantage, but always in respect to the other, never to intend to harm him or her, no matter what they may believe.

Lots of Northern Americans should come to the understanding that perhaps there was a time when it was acceptable, even necessary, for their nation to use Christianity as a source of unity, but if that time truly existed it has long since past.
They should be aware that the universe had several successful states, even were there was no Judeo-Christian background. Those states though, had it much easier because they were not so mixed as the contemporary states. the American population should see the bonus of such a multicultural society and should take all the advantages such a  diversity can offer. They should be aware that we all over the world have to come to a census and an understanding of making the best of religious pluralism.

English: Photographs of the Rally to Restore S...

English: Photographs of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Freedom means also taking care that every has the same chances or the same opportunities, and therefore each democratic respecting state has to take care of the whole population, no matter which colour, no matter which culture, or no matter which believe or non-believe.

 

 

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Notes:

{1} Dr John Dickson, author and historian and the founding director of the Centre for Public Christianity:It’s out with the old as Christian values fall away

 

{2} Let’s keep America exceptional

{3} United States Declaration of Independence

{4} Stephen E. Lucas, “Justifying America: The Declaration of Independence as a Rhetorical Document,” in Thomas W. Benson, ed., American Rhetoric: Context and Criticism, Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989, p. 85

{5} Ellis, American Creation, 55–56.

{6} Bailyn, Ideological Origins, 162.

{7}  in You can’t separate politics and religion… nor should you try.

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Also of interest and related to the attitude of human race:

  1. Judeo-Christian values and liberty

  2. Liberal and evangelical Christians
  3. Childish or reasonable ways
  4. Mormons, just an other faith
  5. The Race for Life
  6. Alternative four letter words
  7. Vile language and behaviour plus little secrets
  8. The Y generation in conflict with itself
  9. Ageing and Solidarity between generations
  10. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High

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  • It’s out with the old as Christian values fall away (smh.com.au)
    Given the Judeo-Christian origins of our long-held tradition of caring for the frail, census data indicating the demise of Christianity and the ageing of Australia’s population could herald a perfect social storm.

    The 2011 census makes clear that Christian affiliation is diminishing, falling 7 per cent over the past decade to 61 per cent. The slack has been picked up by the ”nones”, those claiming ”no religion”, with almost 5 million of us, or 22.3 per cent, turning our backs on God (or, at least, on God’s registered brands). That’s up 7 per cent since 2001.

  • The big interview from Evangelical Times (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    Luke the physician tells us that Jesus sent his followers out ‘to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick’ (Luke 9:2). This means, to attend to the spiritual and physical needs of a suffering world. Christian doctors motivated by Jesus’ teaching and example have been profoundly influential in shaping healthcare’s history. A significant number of medicine’s pioneers were people of faith — Paré, Pasteur, Lister, Paget, Barnado, Jenner, Simpson, Sydenham, Osler, Skudder, Livingstone and many more. The CMF exists to help doctors continue in the steps of Jesus, the Great Physician. What drives me is a desire to help doctors fully integrate their faith and practice, to be witnesses to the gospel, and instruments of God’s grace and compassion.
  • Is Liberal Christianity Worth Saving? (americanclarion.com)
    the Episcopal Church has been one of the most aggressively liberal influences in American Christianity in the past few years, pushing hard against the traditions of the broader Anglican Communion
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    Liberal Christianity is dying on the vine. Mainline denominations are taking big hits across the board. According to The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, among Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians, more adults are leaving the church than entering it. Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglicans are retaining less than half of their children. And in these denominations, no one is sitting in the pews! Gallup reported in 2005 that weekly and near-weekly church attendees made up less than 45% of self-identifying Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans, with Episcopalians at a dismal 32%. And the numbers aren’t getting any better.
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    social duties of Christians are clearly spelled out in Scripture, and they are directed to individual Christians and to the church.
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    It is not the message of “acceptance” but the truth of historic, traditional Christianity that has transformed society over the centuries. The spread of the biblical Gospel message throughout generations has changed the world. Christianity has grown and spread because Christians have taken seriously Christ’s great commission to go into all the world and make disciples. Animated by love for their neighbor (dictated by Scripture) and concern for their eternal future (heaven or hell), believers in historic Christianity have sought to spread the truth of the Gospel throughout the world. Concern for their fellow man and the belief that ministering to the poor and needy is the same as ministering to the Lord Jesus Christ himself (Matt. 25:40) has been the impetus to build hospitals, orphanages, soup kitchens, pregnancy care centers, water purification plants and the like around the world.
  • Takedown: Divided We Stand (persephonemagazine.com)
    the only way we can get around government gridlock is to find common ground.
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    Liberals tend to think that those who have benefited more from the system have the ability to pay more back into the system.
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    “We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.”Except for the part about loving thy neighbor or turning the other cheek or, it turns out, most of the Judeo-Christian values that don’t line up with your already stated purposes.
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    The only Republican that I can find who has said that health care is a luxury is Rick Santorum, and he was lambasted for it.
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    A luxury good, in common usage, is one which is not a necessity, and one which only the affluent can afford. Ask any person who is having a heart attack if health care is a necessity. In economics, it becomes even more clear that health care is not a luxury: a luxury good is one for which demand changes depending on income. If I lose my job, I will get rid of my cell phone and make do. If I lose my job and I have a heart attack, I won’t make do without a hospital.

    What the crapdate is really trying to say is “I’m healthy and I don’t want to have to worry about not healthy people.” Judeo-Christian values, indeed. [:)]
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    Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our constitution and our flag.

    Nobody owns history. Nobody. And if you want to “keep” it, you should probably keep what came before, with the Native American culture. As far as symbols go? I mean, they’re just symbols. The flag is important, but not because of the colors or the shape — it is important because of what it stands for. Symbols really aren’t important in and of themselves.

    For somebody who loves America so much, the fact that this whole crapdate is about ripping it to shreds over political disagreements is unsettling.
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    If Republicans want to keep Judeo-Christian values, if it is the party of Jesus, why does it stray so far from the teachings of Christ? What makes it okay to say “I AM CHRISTIAN” and yet despise immigrants, be unwilling to reach out to the poor, and restrict rights to those who sin differently? If we re-write this and put the point about Judeo-Christian values first, the entire letter is even more ridiculous. Actually, at that point, it would read like satire.
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    1. Takedown: Stand Your Ground
    2. Takedown: Mario Solves Racism
    3. Takedown: American-Americans
    4. Takedown: Nobody Owes You Anything
    5. Takedown: Won’t Somebody Think of the Privileged?

     

  • Do Christians Have a Responsibility to Vote? (stacyswimp.net)
    A friend recently asked me: “Do Christians have a responsibility to vote?”This person expressed that he was disillusioned towards the political process and disinterested in voting in the November 2012 election because he didn’t like either President Obama or Governor Mitt Romney.

    Thus, he stated that he was going to stay home and “pray” rather than vote in November.

    I respectfully explained to my friend that we cannot use prayer as a substitute for action, particularly when that action is a moral obligation. Every Christian has a moral obligation to exercise citizenship by voting in the upcoming election.
    > Do Christian have a responsibility to vote?

    “It is important now that all people who are called Christians understand that we are now engaged on a great battlefield.” stated Rev. C.L. Bryant, Founder of the national movement One Nation Back To God and Fellow with Freedom Works in Washington, D.C.

    Rev. Bryant, who is also an Independent filmmaker of the documentary Runaway Slave, concluded: “We are locked in a struggle to determine the lifespan of what our founding Fathers called Inalienable rights, granted by our Creator. This is why it is imperative that all God fearing America loving people of faith register to vote… And then VOTE!!!”

    I encourage, therefore, every true Christian to vote this November. But not in the name of a political party, but in the name of Jesus Christ.

  • 25 things – updated (tdotc.wordpress.com)
    I believe that the civil passivity of a citizen can be compensated by dedication towards his social environment (family, friends, working as a teacher, etc); i.e. if I cannot make the world change myself, it is still positive action to actively support others.
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    Reading about history and geopolitics made me realize that religions are a peripheral side-effect of the way humans tend to naturally organize themselves into societies; in this sense I do not see any long-lasting rationale behind atheism, except to create a god-less religion where an elite is taken as transcendental reference. I think (and can justify) that most religious dogmas have been elaborately constructed at a time when they were needed for political or overall public health reasons, and that new systems of beliefs need to be constructed over time to stabilize populations. For this reason I despise several religious beliefs that are now outdated, irrelevant and have become potentially dangerous; for example I think that the Catholic support for human reproduction at all costs is irresponsible in our over-populated world. I think many old customs will evolve gradually anyways, even though I know I will not live to see the changes myself. I think that football and otherwise entertainment in the media have taken the role that violent circus games had in the antiquity, and that public executions had in the Middle-Ages; both of which constructed religions have tried to replace by more peaceful rites and habits that can channel the excitement of humans into constructive activities. I avoid televisions for this reason.
  • What do we know about Nietzsche? (hadeelnaeem.wordpress.com)
    We can see Nietzsche despises Asians when he speaks of them as people without reason and says the the Middle Ages was an era when European were most like Asians. The scientific method that Greek has given Europe makes Europe more superior to Asia.
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    He makes fun of Christianity and the believers of Christianity by saying that Christians declared the Old Testament as theirs and took it from Jews saying that it prophesizes for Christ. Everywhere tree, switch, wood, ladder, twig are mentioned in the Old Testament Christians call it the prophecy of the wood of the cross. Nietzsche thinks its funny and unbelievable. (Aph. 84)
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    For Nietzsche, corruption means to guide the youth to hate contrasting opinions and only welcome ones that are similar to theirs. (Aph. 297) So we see that by this time Nietzsche is not sure how individuality should be maintained by coping with the changing world.
  • Multicultural apocalypse: Stealth jihad has taken root in Europe and is coming to America (worldnewstribune.com)
    Geert Wilders spoke at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado on July 1. The following is the complete transcript of his speech.
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    However, if you really love freedom, you have to speak the truth. If not, we will fall victim to Islam, like earlier the people in the Middle East, North Africa, Persia, India and Indonesia fell victim to it. That is why I spoke, why I speak and why I will continue speaking, whatever the consequences: I do not want Europe nor America to become Islamic.
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    In Europe, we are experiencing that if Islam becomes stronger in a society – even when the majority of Muslims are moderates – a society becomes less free and more intolerant of non- Muslims.
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    “Look at what has happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country. You would never know you’re in the United States of America. You would certainly say you’re in a Third World country.”The same applies to Europe: Certain parts of our inner cities no longer look like Europe. They look like suburbs of Cairo, Rabat, Algiers, Damascus or Mecca.
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    If we do not stop the Islamization, we will lose everything: our identity, our culture, our democratic constitutional state, our freedom and our civilization. In Europe we are already losing the right to free speech, the right to criticize Islam.

    What we need, my friends, is a spirit of resistance. Resistance to evil is our moral duty. This resistance begins with expressing our solidarity to all Christians, all Jews, all non-Muslims, all Muslim apostates, all people, who are the victims of Islam.

  • We Need Interfaith Dialogue to Establish Mutual Understanding: Prof. Oliver Davies (salem-news.com)

    We’re living in a tumultuous and confused era when human’s need for moderation and ethics can be felt more than ever. The self-alienated mankind is being immersed in a quagmire of immorality, depravity and corruption as a result of his enchantment with modernity and globalization. Traditional values are being lost and people behave toward each other dishonestly, deceitfully.

    In such a turbulent time, it seems that religions can come to the help of sinking man to be rescued from the ocean of moral decadence and decline.

    At the same time, the followers of different religions need to interact with each other effectively so as to settle the red

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    Why has secularism extended its roots such deeply in the political structure of Western societies?
    OD: This is a complex question. One of the reasons for the prevalence of secularism in the West probably has to do with the intensity of conflict within Christianity from the sixteenth century onwards. Europe was exhausted by this and there was a sense that a consensus was needed based on secular principles. It has been argued that Islam has traditionally been a more tolerant religion. I am not sure that the picture you give here is wholly correct for either the U.S. or the UK. Religion is everywhere in American politics and an apparent secularism can in fact be based simply on the need to be religiously inclusive in terms of the different religious identities of ethnic groups. In the UK the Government is currently attempting to embrace religious organizations as playing an important social role contributing to community-building. It is true however that there is a very vocal community of militant atheists and of militant secularists in public life in the UK. Perhaps these go together in the sense that religion is a very complex phenomenon to understand if you are not part of that life or very closely connected with it. The militant atheism is generally quite uninformed about what religion is and isn’t, while there is a pronounced tendency in public life to accept the demands of well organized human rights pressure groups without taking much account of the effects of legislation on other sections of the community. We have seen that recently in the banning from public life of Catholic adoption agencies on the grounds that they were unable to follow other agencies in allowing same-sex adoptions. The whole issue was discussed recently on the grounds of the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children without ever considering the effects of closure of these agencies, which tend out outperform other agencies with the more difficult children, on the rights of vulnerable children themselves to be cared for adequately.
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    From a more academic or theological perspective there is also the challenge of understanding exactly how it is that world religions such as Islam and Christianity can develop such strong systems of solidarity and community which function across the major divisions which separate us human beings from one another. Is there something to be learned about how to be a truly global society in today’s world, including Middle East and the West, as well as China and India, from the historical experience of humanity in our world religions?

  • Social Scientists Find Traditional Marriage a Cure for Poverty (thenewamerican.com)
    While many Americans who take the traditional Judeo-Christian values of America seriously have extolled the virtues of a happy marriage, economists and social scientists — many of them studying the situation from a secular point of view — are now coming to the same conclusion. These experts agree that single parenting accounts for much of modern poverty. Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute, for instance, believes that unmarried status accounts for 40 percent of the poverty in single-parent families.
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    A great many studies have linked the married status of children’s parents to children’s health, suicide rates, test scores, and other measurable data. It seems clear that of immeasurable benefit is the security and happiness of children having both mother and father living in a loving relationship and working through the problems of life as a team.
  • Obama, Romney, and Rick Warren’s Religious Test (patheos.com)
    Saddleback Church’s evangelical mega-pastor Rick Warren has announced that he’ll be holding another presidential forum, just as he famously did in 2008 with Barack Obama and John McCain.
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    Around 20% of Americans fall outside the accepted boundaries of the Abrahamic traditions (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) entirely. If we’re talking just non-Christians, then the number is about 22%. Around 18% of American Christians belong to (generally more liberal) Mainline Protestant Churches. Catholics claim  24% of the population. Evangelical Christians make up around 26% of religious adherents in the United States, the largest faith grouping in America, but does their size justify the prominence of place they seem to now inhabit in national politics? The margins are small enough that it seems like folly to think that the moral concerns of an evangelical pastor will line up with a the concerns of all the other groups. It’s more a testament to the organizing power of conservative protestants, than a true reflection of their demographic weight or cultural influence.
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    When voters are indirectly told that one kind of religion, or even one kind of Christianity, is the one that gets catered to on the national stage, the one that needs to be wooed, we enter dangerous ground. We are told subtle lies about what’s foundational in our nation, that we were not built on Enlightenment values with a commitment to secular pluralism, but that instead we are a “Christian Nation” and all non-Christians (or Christians who aren’t the right kind of Christians) exist here by either a quirk of fate, the erosion of values, or the sufferance of the not-so-silent majority.
  • Tolerance, Intolerance, and Truth (pilgrimpassing.com)
    In the recent dispute over whether the chaplain of the House of Representatives would be Roman Catholic or Protestant, conspicuously absent was any concern for the soundness of either candidate’s doctrines. Transient political expediency outweighs eternal truth. Much Protestantism is just as heretical as Catholicism, but who cares anymore what God has to say? In today’s view, only intolerance would suggest that religious belief must conform to God’s Word.
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    Presidential candidate George W. Bush, Jr. was severely criticized for having spoken at Bob Jones University, because BJU exposes Roman Catholicism as unbiblical and hopes to win Catholics to Christ. BJU’s concern for the lost, though sincere and loving, is labeled “anti-Catholic.” To test Catholicism by God’s Word is automatically regarded as “Catholic bashing.”
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    Mormons seem to be good family people with conservative values. And they talk about God, Christ, salvation, resurrection, eternal life—but why pretend they mean what Christians mean? How else could Jimmy Carter, prominent Southern Baptist and Bible-class teacher, insist that Mormons are Christians and not to be evangelized?

    The Battle for God, which made best-seller lists, discusses “commonalities” of Jewish, Muslim and Protestant fundamentalism. Of course, it carefully avoids the “bigotry” of deciding which view might be correct. That one could write an entire book about “fundamentalists” without concern for whether the fundamentals they teach are true is a reflection of our time.

     

  • The Signs That Jesus is Coming Soon! (raptureimminent.wordpress.com)
    God is warning the world today that His Son is about to return. He is calling the world to repentance. The message of the hour to unbelievers can be summed up in these words: “Flee from the wrath that is to come by fleeing into the loving arms of Jesus now.” Jesus came the first time as an expression of God’s love; He came to die for the sins of Mankind. But when He returns, He will come in vengeance to pour out the wrath of God on those who have rejected God’s love and grace.
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    The Bible is full of these signs. There are about 500 prophecies in the Old Testament that relate to the Second Coming of the Messiah. In the New Testament, one out of every 25 verses is concerned with the return of Jesus.
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    Jesus said that society will become increasingly lawless and immoral as the time approaches for His return. In fact, He said it would become as evil as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:12,37-39).

    Paul paints a chilling picture of end time society in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. He says it will be characterized by three loves — the love of self (Humanism), the love of money (Materialism), and the love of pleasure (Hedonism). He then points out that the payoff of this carnal lifestyle will be what the philosophers call Nihilism — that is, a society wallowing in despair. Men’s minds will become depraved (Romans 1:28), and people will call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

    We are seeing these prophecies fulfilled before our eyes today as we watch our society reject its Christian heritage and descend into a hellish pit of lawlessness, immorality, and despair. Even worse, we are exporting our nihilism around the world through our immoral and violent movies and television programs.

  • Darwin or Jesus? (godsbreath.wordpress.com)
    By the Christian Scriptures, there is no partiality from God for race or ethnicity in God’s judgment of the deeds of mankind.
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    Charles Darwin saw varying levels of evolution among the races. Don’t overlook Darwin’s reference to one race exterminating the savage races including the “negro” and the Australian. Yet, in such a word, it will be “a more civilised state”. On Darwin’s levels of evolutionary development, Caucasians are the highest and the “negro” and Australian are the closest to the gorilla.
  • The Right Wing’s Psychotic Version of God (planetpov.com)
    Consider the image of God that Gohmert portrays. Either God is Tinkerbell, who needs our constant applause to have the power to save us from all natural and man-made disasters or he is a petty, selfish teenager who lets people die as a way of getting even with their society for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”.
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  • How can any reasonable person not see all of these traits in the GOP, Romney and the Religious Right, as part of the core of who they are and what they do?

    A poignant question would be, do any of them truly believe in God? Aren’t they perhaps more atheistic than Christian? If one truly believed in God and The Bible, would one commit so many terrible acts knowing that they could keep them from going to Heaven? Or…wouldn’t doing such immoral things reflect that one has no concern of ever having to pay a price for them in an afterlife?

  • Why Aren’t Christians Pushing for Gun Control? – Blog: Flunking Sainthood (religionnews.com)
    “Jesus was crystal clear on the question of whether violence is an acceptable response to violence, on whether arming ourselves with fists or swords or guns is the way to protect ourselves from fists and swords and guns.” So says Ellen Painter Dollar today in response to the horrific deaths of twelve people. Why are American Christians so slow to question our society’s knee-jerk protections of the right to bear arms?
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    Second Amendment rights are not absolute. They arose in a particular historical context, when a new nation remembered how British soldiers had disarmed ordinary colonial families and quartered themselves in the colonists’ homes. Disarming the colonists robbed them of their right not only to defend themselves against attack, but to hunt for their food. Guns were often necessary tools of survival in the late eighteenth century.The framers of our Constitution and the authors of the Bill of Rights could not have conceived that the Second Amendment would be used to defend the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons purchased anonymously on something called “the Internet” and inflicted upon fellow citizens in peacetime.

  • Christianity Does Not Care About The Truth (new.exchristian.net)
    There is a difference between caring about the truth and caring that your personal beliefs are true. Caring about the truth involves practices and qualities that helps people uphold intellectual integrity and honesty to the standard or procedure of finding out the truth.
  • A week of ruffled feathers (garrickdconner.com)
    Throughout this often contentious discourse, I’ve identified several key planks that seem to characterize the thinking of many extreme left-wingers in America today:
  • Op-Ed Columnist: The Divine Miss M (nytimes.com)
    Bachmann’s concept of Christian love brims with hate, and she has a deep satchel of stones to throw. From what kind of messiah did she learn that?
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    Bachmann is an evangelical, and has spoken rhapsodically about the experience of being born again. After that moment, she said, “I absolutely understood sin, and I wanted no part of it.” She plunged into politics nonetheless.

    We routinely place her in the “religious right,” a phrase that frustrates me, tidily linking a certain set of political beliefs with profound devotion. We talk much less frequently of any “religious left,” and that disparity implies that a seriously faithful person is most likely to land on just one end of the political spectrum.
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    Most of us distinguish, rightly, between Muslim extremists and other followers of Islam. Perhaps we should start noting the difference between Christians of real compassion and those of exclusionary spite.

  • Is There A Solution??????? (areyouchanging.org)
    The language of Values as well as good news that is uplifting is completely eroded from media.  Intentionally or unintentionally we seem to have worked up an appetite for normalized violence. Whether we remain apathetic to what is streaming or voice our justified rationalizations in our condoning or condemnation – we have come to accept that violence is going to be a good if not better part of the society that we live in whilst lamenting for Peace & Non Violence and Beauty & Goodness.
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    Actively/openly educate the children in Human Values of Love, Truth, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-Violence as soon as they can start talking .  We do that when our toddlers are in our control.  When they start schooling, the entire focus seems to shift onto academic learning so when they grow up they can have a secure career that will lead to happy, fulfilled, peaceful life.
  • Humans And Other Animals (morningstaronline.co.uk)
    Although few people today would be happy reducing animals to the level of unthinking, unfeeling objects in the manner of Descartes, it’s true that most of us still assume that the dividing line between humans and all other animals is one of kind rather than degree.
  • Archbishop of Westminster: Human Dignity: What is it? Why is it important? | ADF Alliance Alert ” Global (amhec.wordpress.com)
    ‘Human Dignity: What is it?’ This may seem a slightly strange title, as you may think archbishops ought to have a clear view about what something like ‘human dignity’ is.
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    How in our pluralist society we develop and hold onto a shared understanding of such a key concept can have an immense influence on the quality of moral and social development of people.
  • Effective Integration (ahmadiyyamalta.org)
    The world has emerged as a global village and the means of communication and transportation have made it such a reality of the contemporary times that one cannot deny. Today, people frequently and easily travel from one place to the other and many are settling in different countries.

    … responsibility is the basis of and the key to effective integration
    – Laiq Ahmed Atif

    Migration is a phenomenon, and not only human beings but also other creatures, such as birds, go from one place to another due to certain circumstances.
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    Human beings also migrate in search of a good future, to settle down or to improve their businesses. Some migrate to escape hardships in their countries, to escape tyrannical rulers or to run away from religious persecution, just to name a few reasons.
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    Migrants have a right to have their human dignity respected. They should be treated in a humane and respectful manner with equity and justice. Their fundamental human rights should be honoured and their culture, traditions and religion should also be recognised and respected.
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    I believe that freedom of faith and expression also contribute toward integration. Jews should be able to practise their religion freely. Christians should also be able to practise their religion freely and so also should Muslims.

    Where the interests of the country are at stake, then all citizens should work together for the betterment of the nation.

  • Turkey’s Human Rights Hypocrisy (nytimes.com)
    Turkey’s attempt to cultivate an image as the global protector of Muslim rights is compromised by a legacy of ethnic cleansing and genocide against Christians and terror against Arabs and Kurds. Memories of these crimes are very much alive throughout former Ottoman territories. And Turkey cannot serve as a democratic model until it acknowledges that brutal violence, population transfers and genocide underlie the modern Turkish state.
  • Did Someone Say Values? (susanlapin.typepad.com)
    I thought values were those old-fashioned things that conservatives try to cram down liberals’ throats. I thought they were to be mocked and discarded. Commonly accepted values used to include the idea that one mother and one father having children after marriage constitute an honorable family. Commonly accepted values were judgmental about those who, except in the most extreme circumstance, lived off someone else’s labor. Commonly accepted values viewed life as sacred and did not determine that if an infant only exited its mother’s body three-quarters of the way, he or she deserved no more protection than yesterday’s trash.
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    Once values are disconnected from a Source and subject to constant change, they no longer exist.
  • America’s liberal Christians might be progressive and inclusive, but they are also dying out (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
    The marketing mantra of liberal Christianity is “change or die.” Here’s the pitch: society has evolved since the 1960s, shedding its old prejudices and misunderstandings and replacing them with a new consensus based on reason and tolerance. Unless the mainstream churches embrace women priests, socialism and gay marriage, they will lose relevance and die out. Conservatives might protest that the beauty of God is rooted not in relevance but timelessness. But, like any other business, Christianity is a numbers game – so making that argument sounds like saying, “Yes the car might be popular, but the horse and cart is a design classic.” Intellectual momentum, liberals insist, is with love and diversity.

    Not so, says Ross Douthat in a New York Times article that has caused quite a stir among the liberal faithful.

  • US evangelical Christians accused of promoting homophobia in Africa (guardian.co.uk)
    Christian evangelical groups in the US are attempting a “cultural colonisation” of Africa, opening offices in numerous countries to promote attacks on homosexuality and abortion, according to an investigation by a liberal thinktank.

    American religious organisations are expanding their operations across the continent, lobbying for conservative policies and laws and fanning homophobia, argues the Boston-based Political Research Associates (PRA).

  • Evangelical Christians from U.S. accused of promoting homophobia in Africa (rawstory.com)
    “The religious right [in effect] claims that human rights activists are neocolonialists out to destroy Africa,” the report states. Groups named in it vehemently rejected the claims.

    Entitled Colonising African Values: How the US Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa, the study analysed data from seven African countries and employed researchers for several months in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    It identified three organisations that it believes are aggressively targeting the continent: Robertson’s ACLJ, the Catholic group Human Life International and Family Watch International, led by the Mormon activist Sharon Slater.

  • An Email From The Cornwall Alliance (martinspribble.com)
    From the words “contraception and abortion” right down to “saving the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”, this email is tugging at the heart strings of the conservative American Christian, telling us that they are not only under fire from the president, but that the American public is being denied access to fossil fuels, coal and whatever else they can burn by false environmental movements. They are the victims of a conspiracy which is trying to take Jesus away from them, and not only that, It’s Urgent!!!
  • Persecution…Alive and Well… (breakawaybylintrollins.wordpress.com)
    Fellow-Christian and UFL football player, Tim Tebow, received and withstood an unprecedented amount of ridicule from the news press and media, including talk-shows hosts such as Jay Leno and David Letterman, for his public display of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It appears that in our modern-day society that if anyone openly ”testifies” of their faith in Jesus Christ, and the teachings of the Bible, that you are now considered the “punching bag” of society and its extreme ills.
  • Twelve Questions to Ask an Atheist: The Responses (wellspentjourney.wordpress.com)
    I received a surprising number of responses to my recent post, “Twelve Questions to Ask an Atheist”. So many, in fact, that it didn’t seem practical for me to address them individually. In this post, I will provide a summary of the answers I received, as well as some (brief) feedback of my own.
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    My real goal with this question was to get my atheist friends to ponder the implications of the following quote, from Pope Benedict XVI: “If nature is really structured with a mathematical language and mathematics invented by man can manage to understand it, this demonstrates something extraordinary. The objective structure of the universe and the intellectual structure of the human being coincide.”
  • Christian Pastor Kills 1st and 2nd Wife and Has Affair With Another Christian (truelogic.wordpress.com)
    The morals we learn from the Christian followers. Imagine, without the Bible we apparently would have morals and yet the ones that typically support the most immoral of acts are those that believe in the Christian superstition.
    Isn’t the Christian religion the one pushed by the Republican Party of Family Values?
  • School board candidate Kemple calls foul on fake website (tbo.com)
    He has been the target of criticism for his efforts to ban speakers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations from classrooms, his view that homosexuals should not be allowed to marry, and his objection to a bikini bar opening in Valrico.
  • How not to respond to a tragedy (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)
    In the wake of tragic gun violence, most politicians realize the decent, responsible thing to do is send sympathies to those affected while leaving politics out of it. Others aren’t as sensible.
  • Gohmert Blames ‘Attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs’ for Colorado Massacre (dokmz.wordpress.com)
    U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said last night’s shooting in a Colorado movie theater is linked to “attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs,” the Huffington Post reports. Speaking this morning with radio host Ernest Istook, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and former Colorado congressman, Gohmert said, “You know what really gets me, a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this.”
  • Let’s keep America exceptional (humanevents.com)
    The Fourth of July is America’s greatest national holiday—but it may become a mere footnote on the calendar.

    America was founded on Judeo-Christian values, but today many of us hesitate to voice such values lest this or that immigrant group might take offense. Consequently, we have become a ship without a compass, not knowing whence we came or where we are going.

  • The antidote for public-school indoctrination (wnd.com)
    In this day of public-school indoctrination and even political correctness infecting the American church, what can lovers of truth and liberty do to counteract the cultural rot impacting our kids?

    The uncompromising pastor and musician Bradlee Dean took up that question and built a controversial but resolute ministry sharing the truth of God, freedom and personal responsibility by taking it directly to young people – and the results have been jaw-dropping.
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    Entitled “My War,” this unique documentary encompasses the huge spectrum of issues we face in our society today and takes you back to the foundation of our country, to give understanding and clarity about who our Founders were and their true intentions when they established this Judeo-Christian nation.
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    We have seen the enemy, and it is us.It is WE the people that allow these systems to become part of our childs thought process.WE have allowed the feds to take over local schools and law enforcement.We have allowed them to twist and pervert our country’s history and make hero’s out of scum.We have allowed them to form “protected” classes of people from homosexuals to certain minorities.Yes,only the tip of the iceberg,but WE have allowed this all to occur in the last 5 or 6 decades.Now that WE find ourselves in this mess all the way up to our ears.What is the answer? Well the Founders understood the failings of men,so they allowed for us to remedy these problems.I predict that one simple power grab is going to occur to cause this nations people to gain control again.And this one thing is going to happen soon.Wether it is our local or state officials using drones to spy upon us or a hundred differant things.In any case,the fault of todays out of control Fed falls firmly in…

  • In the News: ‘GOP struggles to banish ghost of Jeremiah Wright’ (awitchylife.wordpress.com)
    I don’t usually like to write about political things.  Too much turmoil, too many times of getting yelled at for having a different opinion.  But this story caught my eye when I read it yesterday and I just had to bring it up.  The story is about the Romney campaign and some remarks Romney made regarding President Obama.
  • The Root of Law (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
    When a small band of American colonists took on the world superpower of their day, they didn’t speak from a position of military superiority. They also didn’t cite a Rasmussen poll or make an emotional appeal. They presented the facts: King George III’s actions assaulted God’s laws.

    Their actions weren’t based on a moral majority; they were based on a moral authority. This appeal to a higher law is not to be underestimated. The Founders were deeply motivated by a Judeo-Christian worldview which showed that the unchanging God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was the definition of all that was good, and that He had revealed absolute truth by embedding it in each person’s soul, and providing a written, unchanging account of His Word. The Founders freely acknowledged the role that Judeo-Christianity played in the framing of this new nation’s laws. As John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” James Wilson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and signer of the Constitution, said, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine… Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”
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    Several key battlegrounds between the worldviews are the education, culture, and politics. The trend in these institutions is not for a person to critically evaluate ideas on their merits, but to find the consensus and conform to it. Our educational system could be a location for the free interchange of ideas, but more often it radically transforms a person’s worldview by making full use of authority structures.
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    If we are to reclaim our nation, we must do what our Founders did. We must compare our laws and our leaders to the ultimate standard, draw our own conclusions, and take action. This country is too precious to surrender.
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    Like the early Christians, we are going to live in a world where our actions and deeds make a difference and not rely upon government.

  • Rep. Louie Gohmert apologizes for earlier comments linking Colorado shootings to attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs (trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com)
    Gohmert said his comments had been “grossly taken out of context” and that his heart goes out to those who lost loved ones.“The killings were a senseless, outrageous act,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers continue for all those so tragically affected, and I am very sorry if my comments caused heartache to anyone in Colorado.”
  • “Guilty As Charged”: Chick-fil-A Stand On Christian Values. (mundabor.wordpress.com)
    Whilst my envy as a European grows, this might be the slow beginning of a wider movement by which more and more companies understand that sincerely felt – and therefore credible – Christian values are a good business proposition.

    As the battle against sodomy and euthanasia goes on, it is not difficult to imagine that more and more people will feel naturally inclined to spend more on products and services provided by companies they know are on their own side.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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