Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Being thankful for a liberal Christian education may be totally incomprehensible for the so-called evangelical "Christian" organizations. I feel sorry for those that equate the servant ministry of mainstream Christians as being somehow lacking by not defending America from the horrible pro-choice heathens, the "Welcoming Community Network" that promotes acceptance of those seeking a life with Christ (including gays), and from flag burning hippies. The Christian Coalition seems hellbent on promoting disunity and the condemnation of anyone that THEY judge to be lacking in their twisted and ugly christian values.
The recent resignation of the Christian Coalition's President-elect just confirms the ghastly narrow christian mission that their group has embraced. It seems that assisting the poor and advocating stewardship of the planet are radical deviations from their mission to serve Christ. Perhaps, the Christian Coalition and other groups of the same ilk read Bibles that have excluded the Great Commandments.
So very sad...
My Christian education included a three year attendance at a liberal Christian university. My faith journey included a calling from God to serve his Church. As a minister in the Church, I had the opportunity to serve my Lord by preaching, teaching, laying hands upon the sick, baptizing those seeking to join the Christian community, confirming those that sought membership in our Church, serving as a counselor to the pastor, being pastor, and bringing comfort to those that mourned the loss of loved ones. Never once was I called upon to promote division within the community of Christ and the condemnation of any of God's children.
I have learned one great truth -- "anything that does not call people to Christ in not of Christ."
Can you imagine our world and this great nation if and when the true believers actually heed the example of Jesus and the His call to love our neighbors as ourselves?
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.