Sunday, October 28, 2007

you'd better believe my dander is up!

“We are the religious right,” he liked to say. “One, we are religious. Two, we are right.”

this is a quote from a man who is a pastor in kansas, and was in an article on msn about the evangelical church & politics. i couldn't even read it all, i got so mad! not at the article, which was, from what i read, mostly accurate & trying to be balanced. i was furious at the people who give that 'face' to the church - the "i-am-right-and-you-are-going-to-hell-ha-ha-ha" people, pastors no less! show me where in the Bible Jesus goes around advancing a political agenda, or damning people to hell. go ahead. show me. seems to me the only people he had a problem with were the ones who went around saying "we are are religious and we are right". the worst part of this sort of publicity, aside from how sad it must make God, who's main concern is redemption and love, is that as someone who loves Jesus & goes to church, i get lumped in with that man and his twisted theology & politics. the world assumes that i am on his bandwagon, because i am a God-follower. well, i don't usually make faith declarations in this forum, but i am about to! I AM NOT ON HIS BANDWAGON. i want no part of it. there is no spirit of Jesus in that. there is no mercy, no love, no grace. no room for redemption or honest questions or even humanity.

i know that many, if not most, pastors & God-followers are loving, sincere people, who readily acknowlege their own failings and recognize that they stand, when they are able to stand at all, in the forgiveness & grace of God. they are just people trying to follow Jesus, and love the people around them. i guess it's just that they don't make good press.

5 comments:

john said...

"AMEN" to that sister, preach it...

kristine said...

i'm with you on your "bandwagen".

Annie said...

Ugh...that kinda thing makes me want to vomit...I'm in your corner :0)

Sarah said...

I agree wholeheartedly. I also hate that such messages threaten to paralyze sincere attempts at sharing God's Word, because one can too easily hear their own story as filtered through the ears of one who has been burned by messages like that. Even worse, that leaves the "Religious Right" as the louder, more present voice and perpetuates the problem. Grr...

Anonymous said...

so i assume you will all be voting for Democrats in the next election? Let's hear it for the "religous left"!