Sunday, November 14, 2004

Love is patient, love is kind...

Just in case anyone has forgotten, shall we turn our virtual pew bibles to Matthew 22:36-40(NIV)?
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Just wanted to make sure we understand what this Jesus guy thinks of how we're supposed to treat our relationships with God and each other. Now, let's hear a portion of a letter to our re-crowned President from a brother in Christ, quoted in the NY Times today (Sunday) by Maureen Dowd:
Bob Jones III, president of the fundamentalist college of the same name, has written a letter to the president telling him that "Christ has allowed you to be his servant" so he could "leave an imprint for righteousness," by appointing conservative judges and approving legislation "defined by biblical norm."

"In your re-election, God has graciously granted America - though she doesn't deserve it - a reprieve from the agenda of paganism," Mr. Jones wrote. "Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ."
As Ms. Dowd, wrote, "Way harsh." Excuse me while I put in my order for the T-shirt that says, "Yes, I'm a Christian....just not one of them."
The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD ;
so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.

(Jeremiah 10:21, NIV)

3 comments:

Poor Mad Peter said...

Right on, Steve. Both Bob Jones's and George W Bush's Christianity are actually co-opted faiths, and it shows. "By their fruits," as it were...

bobbie said...

i'm not with 'them' either - man i hate that they are 'speaking' for us/god/church with such ungodly words. they don't speak for me either - and i don't care if anyone cheers for that...

MommyT said...

Although I don't post often, I am addicted to reading your blog ever since I discovered it. I found it interesting that our pastor chose to use this passage from scripture the week following the election during his message, though he wasn't talking at all about politics. I made note of it, though.

The NIV bible reads:

There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
--Proverbs 6:16

Sound like anyone you've read about in the news lately?