||[Dec. 23rd, 2015|01:10 pm]
I was trying to hold off all the rants I wanted to rant until after Christmas, but unfortunately (for me and maybe you) the frothing, foaming self-proclaimed Christians have already slobbered their poison over the whole Christmas season, even before Advent 1 and continuing right up through Advent 4 to now, two days before Christmas itself. So in defense of the Christianity that's founded on the actual words and deeds of Jesus Christ, and not on every paranoid fantasy about, and vicious hate-filled threat to, everyone else, I have to speak out. Yes, I'm annoyed. Beyond annoyed. Just as I was a few years ago when I posted Things Jesus Didn't Say. This post will combine religion and politics because the self-proclaimed Christians who are actually bigots and about as Christian as a box of doughnuts run over by a dump truck also combine religion and politics and even say they should be combined. Fine. I'm combining them differently.
A Christian--the real kind--has one big command from Jesus and some subsidiary ones that give examples of what the big one means. The big one: "Love one another." Examples include "Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked, deal fairly in any business (addressed with specifics to tax collectors, soldiers and judges but generally in "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"), avoid litigation, avoid showing off your religion by praying in public, avoid ambition--to be famous, to be privileged, etc., welcome in the stranger, help those in need even if you don't like their kind, love your enemies, do good to those who screw you over, don't judge others, fix yourself before you try to fix others." There are more examples, but those crop up in more than one Gospel. Don't be greedy. Don't be proud of your possessions. Don't try to get rich in things; get rich in virtue. Know (find out, accept, and speak) the truth, for truth makes you free. No dirty secrets, because they will all be revealed in time. Love. Love enemies. Love strangers. Love the poor. And what is "love" in this context? Jesus specifically mentions that his followers will be known and judged (not by each other) on whether they actually do feed, clothe, house, welcome in, etc....or not. Because every one they help, is as if they helped Jesus...and everyone they don't help is as if they turned their back on him.
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