A Real Christian Woman Makes Her Stand

The recent blog post below was written by a Christian friend of mine—a very deep and devoted Christian who knows both the Christian faith and her Bible very well. I have to honestly say that I agree with nearly all the items on the list in her article. For all you Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals out there who know your Bibles so poorly that you require proof text verses before you can understand or believe anything, I could give you one or more supporting scripture verses for just about everything on Gloriamarie’s list. For example, for No. 8 and No. 9, the following verses of scripture are especially relevant because indiscriminate dumping of hazardous waste and toxic substances into our groundwater aquifers,  streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans threatens both human life and the ecosystems, animals, and plants we depend upon for our drinking water and food:

Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13)

The nations were enraged, and Your wrath has come. The time has come to judge the dead, and to reward Your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear Your name, both small and great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth. (Revelation 11:18)

The Earth is God’s creation, and He declared it to be good.  Those Christians who would despoil the good and life-sustaining Earth that God has created—and turn his garden into a sewer that breeds sickness and death—are walking on the wrong side of the two scriptures above.

But more importantly—more importantly above all other scriptures—the evil actions addressed in the list below are in direct violation of several major scripture verses—uttered from the mouth of Jesus himself. These are the verses Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and the so-called Religious Right are famous for refusing to hear and take seriously. As a matter of both thought and action, these groups run from the following scriptures like a vampire runs from the Cross of Jesus, strings of garlic, and the rising sun. Read them and weep:

Jesus declared, “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 depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Please read Gloriamarie’s article below carefully and think about it. In addition, please note that I edited it slightly for minor typos, grammar, and punctuation (not content), and I reformatted it into a numbered list for spacing purposes and readability. The number sequence is not indicative of any priorities for the items listed.

This Is Where I Stand

by

Gloriamarie Amalfitano

This is where I stand. To me, Facebook is a useful vehicle for my passion and activism. Our 45th President, his power hungry cronies taking positions of authority in his Cabinet and Administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.” This is my response:

(1)  I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years…

(2)  I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

(3)  I will not “work together” to build a wall.

(4)  I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.

(5)  I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.

(6)  I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1 percent and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

(7)  I will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.

(8)  I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

(9)  I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

(10)  I will not “work together” to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.

(11)   I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.

(12)  I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.

(13)  I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.

(14)  I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.

(15)  I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.

(16)  I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.

(17)  I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.

(18)  I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.

(19)  I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.

(20) I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.

(21)  I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.

(22)  I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.

(23) I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party, and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.

(24)  I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.

(25) I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a “pre-existing condition.”

(26)  I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.

(27)  I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.

(28) I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.

(29)  I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.

(30)  I will not support anyone that thinks it’s OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen.

This is my line, and I am drawing it:

(A) I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.

(B)  I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN:

That “winning,” “being great again,” “rich,” or even “beautiful” is nothing… When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post).

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Biblical Inerrancy: The Little Precious of Christian Fundamentalism and Conservative Evangelicalism

You remember the story of Little Precious. Watch to see what it is and what it does to men:

Little Precious is the evil master ring that controls all of the other rings in the Lord of the Rings. Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism have their own Little Precious, which is the evil master ring that controls just about everything else in American Christian Fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism. It is called “Biblical Inerrancy.”  If this Little Precious ever ceases to exist, the whole fundie house of cards will fall just like the evil Land of Mordor.

Christian blogger Zack Hunt has successfully engaged the Little Precious of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism with his sword, and he has dropped it into the pool of molten magma under Mount Doom in Mordor. Talk about a butt kicking!!!  You can read all about it here:

The Fundie “Little Precious” Gets Its Butt Kicked

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Trump’s America First Policy

“Abstain from All Appearance of Evil”

1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV)

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Source: Der Spiegel (2017)

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:1-4 KJV)

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What Will the Fundies Do Next?

Here at the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog, we sometimes run into some really strange things in the oddball world of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism. To be perfectly honest with you, I have no idea whether the two guys in the following article are fundies because the article does not say. However, in my opinion, no other corner of Christendom could hatch something this bizarre.  Regardless of that issue, dear readers, you have got to get a load of this religious news story hot off the press from Ohio.  Where is Ripley’s Believe It or Not when you need the full story!!!  Give this thing a read, and for the protection of your nice white blouse or dress shirt, be careful not to have a mouthful of coffee when you start reading:

Father and Son Accused of Rape Want ‘Only Law Book that Truly Matters’ at their Trial: The Bible

You know what the Apostle Paul says in various and assorted words in the Book of Galatians: “The written law kills.”  Something tells me these two guys are heading into the pages of the Book of Leviticus to mount a defense, and they are going to get themselves killed in court.  I guess Paul was right in more ways than one.

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The Essence of President Obama

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Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11)

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Inauguration Humor for the Tired and Depressed

Here at the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog, it is our understanding that Donald Trump is planning to have an “Inaugural Ball.”  The only question: “Who is she?”

Yes, that was a crude joke—but considering the long history behind it and the pussy-grabbing…at least some small corner of any sensible human mind has to wonder.

Just remember folks. Mr. Trump is their guy.  They put him in office—warts and all.  The hopes and dreams of the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals will be fulfilled at noon on January  20, 2016. On that day, the long-hoped-for, modern-day Savior of the 100-year-old American fundie religious tradition will be sworn in as President of the United States. What is that one thing they most deeply need from the new Trump regime?  Benjamin Franklin knew 226 years ago and expressed it well when he wrote this quotation in a letter to Mr. Richard Price on October 9, 1790:

When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ‘tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.

Oh yes, my dear friends!!!  The fundies now have both their earthly salvation in Mr. Trump and their Heavenly salvation in Jesus—and the two are now inextricably bound together by a Holy knot in the corrupt fundie mind.  At noon on Friday of next week, upon completion of the Oath of Office, the Holy Spirit shall descend as a white dove within a shaft of intense light and personally anoint the head of the Walking Cheeto (no doubt with a packet of Holy Oil mailed to him by some famous Minister of the Prosperity Gospel).  This shall be a sign unto the fundies and all apostate peoples that God’s own personally selected man—a Walking Cheeto after God’s own heart—a man like King David—finally sits in the The White House. The Walking Cheeto shall come to the aid of all true Christians, and especially all those old, lily white Christians he has saved from the legacy of that dastardly Islamic Negro from Kenya.

Yes fundies.  The Walking Cheeto is now God’s minister sent unto you. Henceforth, just like the preachers in your fundie churches, every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth or tweet of the Walking Cheeto shall be a word and a command sent directly unto  you  from God the Father. Ye must record in your brain and obey every word from the mouth, pen, or typing fingers of the Walking Cheeto—and do his bidding in all things. Otherwise, thou shalt lose thy many Heavenly blessings and writhe forever in the Lake of Boiling Peanut Oil reserved for the crunch frying of all who fail to fall prostate (no typo) at the feet of the Great Walking Cheeto.

If anyone needs to vomit after reading this sick fantasy that trots around in the fundie mind realm, you can always buy a cheap plastic wastebasket at a Dollar General Stores near you. Plan to do a lot of your future shopping at Dollar General Stores.  You are going to need that store over the next four yours—that is if you and your impoverished family are still alive after the first exchange of nuclear weapons.

But hey, some fundies love nuclear weapons and annihilation of the whole Earth and every person and living thing on it in an instant. It will kill off all the unbelievers and the apostate Christians down at the mainline churches. But most important of all, it will force the hand of God and compel Jesus to descend from Heaven with a shout to rescue his one, only, and true fundie believers down at the Possum Trot IFB Church. This is what they call The Rupture. With any luck, Jesus will wait a few hours and descend immediately after the church members hold their tent revival; roll around like lunatics on the tent floor; hold an all day country Gospel singing; and gorge down the dinner on the grounds. After all, their fat-bellied preacher (Pastor Beverly B. Beverly), who graduated from the Mortimer Sturgeon College of the Bible, needs to be fed well before entering the Kingdom of Heaven.

Stuff that HUGE belly of yours with fried chicken preacher!!!  Yee-e-e-e-e!!!!  Hi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i!!!  Five whole chickens in just one hour!!! Ain’t it amazin’ how many bottles of wine a fundie preacher can replace with lots of fried chicken!!!  Don’t be alarmed dear friends.  He’s just getting ready for……………..The Rupture.

(Note:  Thank you for the Cheetos Gloriamarie.)

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Conservative White Christians Need the Real Jesus Too

Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism in the United States have hijacked the traditional, orthodox Christianity of 2,000 years ago and replaced it with a 20th century, All-American, man-made, counterfeit Christianity that reduces the faith to little more than a simple mathematical formula:

Personal Sin + Repentance + Faith in Jesus = Salvation

Because the fundies are so focused with deep tunnel vision on evangelism, they conveniently forget that there is much more to the Christian faith than just evangelism alone and this simple formula. To use a real estate analogy, the above formula is just the entrance gate to the expansive estate of the authentic Christian faith.  While the Christian faith does include this formula, the authentic Christian faith is far more than just this formula and this formula alone—and the words and deeds of Jesus, the Gospel writers, and the authors of the other books in the New Testament make that crystal clear.

Somehow, it seems that the fundies are never able to receive this basic message, and they actually seem to be both dead and blind to it—given the way they hate so many people in the name of Jesus and how they regularly mock and belittle the vital threads of love, mercy, and compassion that run so true through the New Testament—and how they ignore or only give passing lip service to the many other New Testament scriptures that round out the full estate of the authentic Christian faith. The house and grounds of the Christian estate are the heart, mind, and Spirit of Jesus that is supposed to dwell in all who truly follow him, and they lovingly compel us to go forth into the world (as Jesus himself did) to manifest that heart and mind, not just by words, but by actions of love, compassion, mercy, kindness, and real help shown to our fellow man and all of God’s creation. Jesus said: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8). I firmly believe this scripture aptly applies to the American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals of today. It is readily apparent in much that they do and say on the American stage.  For all practical purposes, they have become lost to the full estate of the Christian faith and stand holding only the simplistic, formulaic gate to the great and expansive estate of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

One of my favorite Christian writers is Reverend John Pavlovitz in Raleigh, North Carolina. John is a loving Jesus follower who understands that there is far more to the Christian estate than just its front gate alone.  John operates a popular Internet blog entitled Stuff That Needs to Be Said.  Please read the reprinted and slightly edited article below by Reverend Pavlovitz and get a good feel for the wider expanse of the authentic Christian faith that the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals, especially the white American ones, widely ignore and even scoff at in much that they say and do in this world.  (Scroll Down)

Conservative White Christians Need Jesus

by

Reverend John Pavlovitz

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Conservative white Christians need Jesus.

But not the one they’re always selling, not the one they love to preach about so loudly, not the one they trumpet from the stage and the platform and on social media.

They don’t need the walk the aisle, say a prayer, and get out of Hell kind of Jesus. That Jesus is too easy. That Jesus requires no further work. That Jesus is convenient and accommodating to their lifestyle. That Jesus allows them to leave no more different than when they arrived. That Jesus serves them salvation on a silver platter and asks nothing in return.

The Jesus these Christians need is the Jesus of the Gospels—the one who gets all up in your personal business; the one who turns over tables in the sacred temples of your greed and hypocrisy; and the one who demands that you give half a damn about the poor and the hungry around you—enough to give all that you have for their care.

They need the homeless, poor, dark-skinned, foreigner Jesus who shunned opulence, denounced power, and defended the marginalized, so they remember where they came from and where they’re supposed to be walking toward in this life.

They need the Jesus who said:

 You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)

They need the Jesus who said:

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An Eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)

They need the Jesus who said:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

They need the Jesus who said:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44)

They need the Jesus who:

Healed on the Sabbath—to remind them that hurting people matter more than showy religious pageantry.

They need the Jesus who:

Dined with the street rabble—to remind them that privilege and position don’t denote moral worth.

They need the Jesus who:

Washed filthy feet—to remind them of the holy ground of humble service.

They need the Jesus who:

Prepared a meal for the multitudes—to remind them that we feed people not because we believe they deserve it, but because they’re hungry.

The cosmic vending machine Jesus who saves us from damnation isn’t enough for these Christians.

This Jesus isn’t transforming their hearts or their neighborhoods or the world around them because this Jesus makes this planet largely irrelevant.

Caring for the environment is of little concern to them because it’s all a fallen world they’re eventually looking to escape anyway.

The threat of nuclear war doesn’t terrify them because it simply hastens them meeting their Maker.

The suffering of people here and now doesn’t fully move them because they see these people as only damned souls to be saved before they die.

There is a cold, detached callousness marking so much of the Far Right’s religion in America.

It’s a faith system that conveniently justifies personal gluttony and greed, while questioning the morality of those who may be suffering or in want. It’s a cause-and-effect, reward-based, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps Christianity that bears almost no resemblance to Christ at all.

And that is why they so desperately need Jesus; for the holy here and now they are missing and the flesh and blood humanity made in God’s image who they no longer seem at all concerned with this side of the Afterlife.

Conservative white Christians so desperately need the compassionate, sacrificing, suffering servant Jesus to transplant the stony hearts that allow them to live with contempt for those on the margins; for the sick and the invisible; for those with hijabs and brown skin; for those whose roads may have been far more difficult than their own.

When he walked the planet, Jesus did far more than simply give an altar call and stamp sinners for Heaven.

If he hadn’t, the Gospels would be far shorter and simpler. Instead, the Gospels give us an expansive, complex, explicitly beautiful picture of the way we are to live this life:

  • We are called to live oriented toward others.
  • We are called to live passionately in pursuit of love and justice and equality.
  • We are called to live not to avoid Hell or to escape this world, but to bring Heaven down to it.

White Conservative Christians need to recover and incarnate this Jesus so others can see him, so they can be touched by hands that heal and serve and restore in his likeness.

They need this Jesus to step into their politics and their preaching and their churches. They need this Jesus to renovate them into something resembling him so the word Christian can again be a source of restoration and not of damage.

Please don’t get me wrong, I know that I fully and desperately need this Jesus too.

But knowing that is a good place to begin.

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