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June 6, 2015 at 10:41am

I just find it interesting to think about what it means to be a "Christian?" Does one have to follow Christ (or at least attempt to) to be a Christian? Or, is it enough to simply "believe" in Jesus. Maybe one can get to heaven with mere "belief." But, if one believes but never follows -- is that person really a "Christian." I don't see how.

Of course following Jesus is hard and means becoming the sort of person Jesus was. Putting others first, caring a whole awful lot about the poor, sick and oppressed. That's who Jesus was. He was all about caring for the poor, sick, and oppressed. The strangers, immigrants, outcasts. And, sticking it to the religious institutions and leaders of the day.

I think Jesus would be an outcast in most allegedly Christian churches today. People would think he was a liberal commie and give him mean and hateful looks.

Here's the first thing Jesus said when he began his public ministry:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

I get goosebumps just reading that. It's got to be the most liberal proclamation in history. The "year of the Lord's favor" was the year in Jewish tradition that all debts were to be forgiven. Can you imagine? Not even Bernie Sanders would dare call for all debts to be forgiven.

No wonder the church establishment of the day hated Jesus. He was a threat to their economic well-being. Heck, the most angry he ever got was about the money they were making out of the church business of that day.

Wonder how angry he'd be today with all the fancy churches, air conditioned but empty most of the time. And the "ministers" driving fancy cars -- while the homeless have nowhere to even live and those who try to do things to help the poor, sick, immigrants, etc -- those are the people most reviled by alleged Christians...

well, anyway... so, are we going to have a triple crown winner tomorrow :)


Gospel Politics
April 1, 2015

"Christians": Stop picking on Gays! If Christians really believe selling a cake to a gay couple will violate their religious freedom -- then, to be consistent, here's a list of others they shouldn't be selling cake to (Hint: It ends up including pretty much all of us):

  1. Weddings where the bride will wear an expensive wedding dress
  2. Non-Christians
  3. Mixed faith weddings
  4. Weddings where one spouse-to-be works at a bank
  5. Young military couples
  6. Weddings where there will be unwholesome music and provocative dancing
  7. Individuals getting remarried who do not have biblical justification for a prior divorce
  8. Weddings where there will be drunkenness
  9. When there are gluttons or over-eating will take place at the wedding
  10. Career minded brides-to-be

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/10-situations-where-christian-bakers-should-refuse-to-bake-wedding-cakes/

No cake for you
Photo courtesy - patheos.com

Gospel Politics
January 22, 2015

I'm trying to clear up some misconceptions about taxes the wealthy pay:

It is true the wealthy do pay more overall taxes now than in past years. However, the reason is because their incomes and wealth has exploded.

Their actual tax rates have declined.

Meanwhile incomes for the poor and middle class have declined and their overall tax rates have increased -- when you consider state, local, property, sales taxes.

It's fairly simple to understand actually -- virtually everything the poor and middle class earns (which again is in decline) is taxed because they spend virtually all of it on living expenses.

The rich meanwhile do not spend most of their income because they don't need to. Instead they put most of it into tax sheltered investments that pay lower tax rates.

This is why (as warren buffett famously explained) buffett pays lower tax rates than his secretary.

Most income for the wealthy is earned through capital gains which is taxed at a much lower rate than income earned from work.

Obama is trying to fix this injustice.

However, the GOP will not allow it since they are bought and paid for by the wealthy.

http://www.gospelpolitics.com/tax-inequality-in-the-united-states.html

wealthy.

luke21-1 the widows mite



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