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Friday, May 1, 2009

It's Time for a Revolution

Okay, so I just got out of my only class today, Christian Ethics, and I feel sick to my stomach and want to disregard everything that I have read and discussed so far. But, I know I can't do that.

CNN just released a report on a survey done by the Pew Research Center which was conducted from April 14-21. And in it was shown that mainline Protestants and Evangelicals support torture of suspected terrorists and the more a person attends service the more likely they are to support torture of suspected terrorists. This is appalling to me and has deeply shaken my faith in the American Church and how it seeks to spread the Gospel. 54% of Americans that attend services weekly say it is often okay to torture!!!!

Does anyone else see the disconnect here. How can someone go to church weekly and think that it is often okay to torture. What is the American Protestant Church preaching on Sunday mornings??? Those who were not affiliated with any church and did not attend service were against the torture of suspected terrorists, yet those of us who claim to be followers of the King of Peace, and the followers of a loving and merciful God say sure lets go torture someone we think is a terrorist. The survey did not even say the person was a terrorist, just suspected this is like McCarthyism at its best, how many people's lives did Joseph McCarthy ruin? Yet we seek to do it all over again. Now if you are an American or not, this survey does not discriminate, all there needs to be is a suspicion and apparently the Christians in the country think that its okay to torture you.

Please God save us! If this is the church in America I want no part of it, we need a revolution and we need one now. This can not continue, Americans, Christians can not attend services and vow that torture of suspected criminals is allowable or justifiable. If this is Christianity, I would say it is dead in America.

Jesus was a pacifist, plain and simple, he rejected violence and opposition and took the punishment and pain of the TORTURE of crucifixion. He calls us to be like him, to love our enemies and to love our neighbors as self. Now do we think that torture is love? I suggest that we do not, yet our churches have brainwashed many into some form of political religion where America and Jesus are the same and our allegiance is to both. God blesses those who follow him, America is not a ordained country for special purposes but a nation like any other that MUST follow human rights. As Christians our first responsibility is not to America, it is not to Obama, it is to God, the one who saves, the only one who can save. In this we must reject the path the church is on. We as true followers of Christ that recognize the violations of human dignity from American torture to the merciless kidnapping and war in Uganda, and Darfur, we must bond together. We must make known that we will not let the Gospel be ruined. We must revolt, we must change the church. We need to drop to our knees and pray, and pray as we have never prayed before. Even more we must pick up the cross of scorn and be hated by others so that the truth may be told. If we will not do it then the rocks will cry out.

I leave us with these two verses.

1 Peter 2: 23 "When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.

Luke 19:40 "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."



2 comments:

  1. it's so interesting to think of Jesus as a pacifist. I don't particularly like the word because I've been brought up with a misunderstanding of it's true meaning. Because in no way was Jesus' life Passive, it was more active than any of us try to be. And I think a common mistake of martyrs is that they assume that they are to take abuse as Christ did. However that is not necessarily the case. Christ bore His terrible death BECAUSE He was taking on the sins of the world.In passively taking on horrid torture He was actively saving the entire world for all eternity.
    The difficulty is determining in what way are we to actively serve the Kingdom and when does our passivity serve a greater good than our actions.

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  2. I'm not even sure how to describe the sickness I feel about that.

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