Jesus was quite clear that what he found most upsetting was people using the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of it. The spirit of the law, according to Jesus, was to love your neighbor. Trying to deny your fellow human beings, including your gay brothers and sisters, equality and marriage rights is not loving them but harming them. You are hypocritical, self-serving, and self-deceiving to think otherwise.
Christians of today should take some lessons from Christ, and treat there fellow humans with love, compassion and understanding. For all the “What Would Jesus Do?” merchandise out there, you’d think a lot more Christians would have really sat down and thought about that one.
This is a great opinion piece. This author speaks my mind completely. I found out about it at Daffodil lane (gotta give em props!) I couldn’t agree more. There is so much hate out there being spat at us by people who claim to be Christians. I don’t understand it at all. Do they truly understand the teachings of Christ? I don’t think they do. I don’t see any love or compassion out of these fundamentalist Christians AT ALL. None. Now, I am really speaking of the those that align themselves with the Bush Administration, the neo-cons, if you will. How can anyone who follows the teachings of Christ align themselves with the Bush agenda?!?
As I mentioned in other posts, I used to be an Evangelical Christian. There were two good things that came out of that time in my life. The first, is that I met my husband at church :). The second is that I studied the bible. I mean, I really really studied it. For about two years I read nothing else but the Bible. And I think that it was a good thing. The Bible is actually a really wonderful book. I hadn’t read it in awhile but opened it up again to respond to this comment. I was reminded of what a wonderful book this is. The advice and teachings in the New Testament are truly words to live by, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ”, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. ” Those are the words of Christ himself. Do you see any of this behavior from neo-cons? I don’t. I don’t know why they bother calling themselves Christians. They are following a dogma that has been fed to them by The Church, whether it be evangelical or Catholic, or whatever. They are following something that they were told to believe from the pulpit, not by Christ. Pre-emptive war is not Christian-like. Alienating homosexuals and denying them rights is not Christlike. Our job, as Christians, is to love one another. That’s it. God will sort everything else out. God will be the judge. Somehow, that message has been lost to the Christian Fundamentalists. They are so intent on the letter of the law that they are missing the point.